The Malta Independent 3 June 2020, Wednesday

Russian whistleblower ‘likely’ to be given asylum in Greece - report

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 16:32 Last update: about 3 years ago

Maria Efimova, the Russian former Pilatus Bank employee turned whistleblower, is likely to be granted asylum after she surrendered to Greek authorities on Monday, The Cyprus Business Mail reports.

“The matter is on the desk of (Alexis) Tsipras,” a member of the European Parliament (MEP) said in a telephone interview on Thursday, referring to Greece’s prime minister. “I hope that the Greek state will be in position to do so.”


A group of MEPs from different political groups asked Greek authorities to protect Efimova, who on Monday turned herself in fearing for her safety and that of her Cypriot husband and two children.

The Cypriot police, which had issued a European warrant against Efimova after a previous employer filed a complaint alleging she had embezzled funds four years ago when she had worked for a Limassol-based, Russian-owned company, said that Efimova was likely to receive asylum from Greece, The Cyprus Business Mail also reports.

“In that case, all procedures will stop,” the police source added.

Efimova rejected the accusation and said that it was a part of a plot to damage her reputation because of her whistle-blowing activities in Malta.

Efimova worked at Pilatus Bank for a period of three months. On Tuesday, Pilatus Bank chairman Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad was arrested in the United States.

The report on the Cyprus Business Mail in full
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