RoC and Russian Federation | Why extradite Victor Nikolaevich Makushin?

I’ve been watching the Republic of Cyprus’s developing ties with the Russian Republic and was wondering what the implications would be. A short article in the Cyprus Mail confirmed my suspicions:

“POLICE yesterday released a description of Russian national Victor Nikolaevich Makushin, who is wanted by the Russian authorities for fraud.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Makushin’s extradition back to Moscow.

The Russian is around 1.85 metres tall, of medium build, with light brown short hair.”

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/wanted-man/20120403

 This man is the owner of the MAIR Industrial Group who a Limassol court on 7 September 2011 denied an extradition order. This was a man who is quoted as saying that “although Yeltsin was quite a controversial person, yet in terms of decency he obviously surpassed Putin.”

On the EU Business website telling information can be found:

“For the past few years, Vladislav Kartashov, a former Yukos executive, was the only one to avoid extradition to his motherland Russia. Now, Viktor Makushin is another guy to have stood up for his freedom successfully.

Looking back, MAIR president was known as a consistent opponent and critic to the current Russian government. After the beginning of seizure of the businessman’s major assets by government institutions, he had to leave the country in 2009.”

http://www.eubusiness.com/Press/makushin-11-11-18/

Read the interview with Makushinin in full and perhaps like me you’ll start to develop a suspicion that the reversal of the Limassol court’s decision has the air of a little Russian persuasion not entirely unlinked to their business interests there and Comrade Tof’s Russian connections.

Looking back, MAIR president was known as a consistent opponent and critic to the current Russian government. After the beginning of seizure of the businessman’s major assets by government institutions, he had to leave the country in 2009.

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