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O xornalismo como campo de batalla contra Rusia e os seus ricos empresarios

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The media space and various news portals have long been fertile ground for all sorts of showdowns involving rich Russians who seek to reside in Europe using both legal and illegal means and secret roots to obtain a cherished European citizen’s passport. Furthermore, this story has a direct projection on Ukraine and Russia’s counter standing – escribe Louis Auge.

O xornalismo en Ucraína e Rusia pasou aos carrís da guerra informativa: os partidos intentan presentarse uns aos outros na luz máis negativa. Cada vez hai máis veces publicacións sen probas, observamos un mal uso frecuente da información xunto coa legalización de falsificacións.

Porén, a propia loita informativa xa se está trasladando ao territorio da UE e afecta directamente aos propios europeos, provocándolles graves prexuízos.

For example, the so-called “golden passport” programs have been actively criticized recently. There are revelations of citizens of different countries, including Russians, who receive EU citizenship for direct investments in the economy and simply for big money offers.

Segundo xornalistas ucraínos, algúns rusos obtiveron tales pasaportes ilegalmente, implicando a cidadáns europeos en accións corruptas. Pero son xustas este tipo de acusacións contra os europeos?

A recent article by Tatiana Nikolaenko, published in the Ukrainian edition of Apostrophe, stirred up the media space. According to Nikolaenko, the family of the head of the office of the Minister of Health of Malta Chris Feаrne, Carmen Siantar, was involved in the story of obtaining EU citizenship for investments. A Ukrainian journalist accused officials Ferne and Siantar of bribery and illegal assistance to Russian Leonid Levitin, who received Maltese citizenship in 2016. Presumably, Levitin’s acquaintance Vyacheslav Rezchikov paid Siantar’s daughter Celine for these services.

As evidence, a certain copy of a payment order dated November 22 2019 was cited, made by Rezchikov to Celine Siantar through an Austrian Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Österreich) AG. This high-profile statement caused an information storm and was automatically reprinted in a number of European media. However, few people bothered to think about whether these serious accusations were real or not. A careful study disavowed the Ukrainian author’s unsubstantiated assertion.

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Mr Rezchikov’s lawyer provided a written response to the corresponding request of the EUREPORTER editorial office.  We ask to clarify the situation with accounts in the Liechtenstein Landesbank (Österreich) AG (the editorial office has the answer). The answer could be summarized as follows – the payment receipt cited as evidence is a fundamental forgery: the alleged transfer as well as the mentioned amount is fictitious, and most importantly, the payment could not have been made at all, since Rezchikov did not have any accounts in this bank during the period specified in the payment slip.

Thus, the bank statements that Nikolaenko wrote about and allegedly intended to help Mr. Levitin get a Maltese passport show non-existing accounts of Mr. Rezchikov. Liechtenstein Landesbank (Österreich) AG confirmed the fact, that Rezchikov had since long no accounts in this bank, expressively none at the time stated in the payment receipt. Accordingly, this means that Nikolaenko’s statements about the alleged bank account and the transfer of funds from Rezchikov to Siantar are not genuine, and therefore false.

Por desgraza, os autores daquelas publicacións que reimprimiron información falsa non se ocuparon de verificala. Non obstante, calquera xornalista profesional que queira coñecer a verdade podería poñerse en contacto co banco e obter información. Pero na procura das sensacións, ninguén quería facer nada.

Besides the payment, there were many unanswered questions: What does the Maltese Minister of Health have to do with this? What does the daughter of the head of the Minister’s office Siantar have to do with this? Nor were there any questions as to why this case arose seven years after the citizenship procedure was finalized in 2016.

Ninguén nega que existen casos dubidosos de obtención da cidadanía europea e pasaportes. Os órganos xurídicos de Europa e do Reino Unido, por suposto, son conscientes de moitos destes feitos e teñen un ollo moi atento a esas persoas e as súas ofertas. Pero, ao mesmo tempo, é certo que non todas as persoas ricas rusas tentan obter un pasaporte europeo proporcionando información falsa ou utilizando medios ilegais para alcanzar o obxectivo de residir na UE ou no Reino Unido. É necesario un enfoque obxectivo e imparcial de cada caso para distinguir entre unha persoa honesta e de confianza e outra con antecedentes dubidosos.

Hai tempo, Malta era considerada un dos lugares máis convenientes para emitir pasaportes europeos a cambio de investimentos substanciais por parte dos que buscan quedarse no continente, incluídos os rusos.

Ao mesmo tempo, moitas persoas ricas de Rusia reciben pasaportes e permisos de residencia en Europa de forma absolutamente legal. Os seus nomes son coñecidos por moitos en Europa, algúns deles implicados activamente na vida pública das súas novas terras.

Por suposto, a situación despois do 24 de febreiro de 2022 cambiou radicalmente a actitude cara a Rusia. volveuse reprochable, pero moitas persoas aproveitáronse diso a propósito para manipular a información para os seus propios propósitos. verificalos.

A única pregunta é, por que deberían sufrir isto os cidadáns europeos? Despois de todo, estes son cidadáns da UE, como vemos, que se converten en vítimas de manipulación e información enganosa.

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