They also included: Alexey Marey, the former CEO of Alfa Bank Russia, the country’s largest private lender; Alexey De-Monderik, a co-founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab; and Alexander Mechatin, the CEO Beluga Group, Russia’s largest private spirits company.
The newly-minted Maltese nationals emerged in a list of more than 2,000 names published in the country’s legal gazette at the end of last year.
The gazette does not say who bought passports in 2016 and who was naturalised for other reasons.
But the names of wealthy foreign nationals stand out as the most likely to have paid the €1.1 million in fees, Maltese bond, and Maltese real estate investments that it costs to get nationality.
The Russian roll-call for 2016 went on to name: Dmitry Semenikhin (a media millionaire); Alexander
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