Living in Cyprus: The Trump Effect

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It’s happened a few times on social media, where I’ve posted something or commented on someone else’s feed and there’s been a response, but not so much to my comment or post, but to the fact I live in Cyprus.

“Not the Cyprus, where all the money laundering goes on?”

Well, yes, that Cyprus. But that’s not the Cyprus I know. It’s true, Cypriot banks had a poor reputation in that respect and most turned a blind eye, it didn’t, after all, affect us plebs. However, ever since the election of the current Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in 2013, which also coincided with the financial collapse in Cyprus resulting in an EU bail-out, Cyprus has made huge inroads in getting its act together with regard to illegal financial dealings. So much so, the EU hailed Cyprus’ efforts for successfully completing its three-year financial assistance program thanks to its better than expected economy performance back in 2016.

Cyprus has also been assisting special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in his investigations and a lot of information has been passed on.

The Trump Effect though is slowly going to get worse as the special counsel’s investigations go deeper and deeper into Trump & Co’s financial dealings and it’s revealed that many of the target’s in Mueller’s investigations have or had dealings in Cyprus. Let’s face it. Trump’s Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross even owned a percentage of the main bank in Cyprus, along with Russian Oligarchs linked to Putin.

They do say there’s no smoke without fire, except in Trump’s case as he tries again and again to create smoke screens to hide whatever he and his gang have been up to.

Tom Kane © 2018

As a English expat author living in Cyprus, you may think my life revolves around cocktails by the pool. You would be wrong. In ten years on the island I’ve had my fair share of adventures and interesting experiences.

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