Wife and children of Russian Foreign Intelligence Head allegedly spent 1.2m euro to get residence permit in Hungary

Wife and children of Russian Foreign Intelligence Head allegedly spent 1.2m euro to get residence permit in Hungary
Sergei Naryshkin

The documents were submitted by four persons whose names fully coincide with the names of the wife and children of the Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia.

Journalists have found out that close relatives of Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia Sergei Naryshkin have been granted a residence permit in Hungary. In particular, the documents were filed by Svetlana Naryshkina, Andrei Naryshkin and two other girls, whose names completely coincide with the names of Sergei Naryshkin's daughters, Novaya Gazeta stated this in their joint investigation with Direkt36 and 444 channel.

Relatives of Naryshkin's obtained their residence permits in exchange for investments in government bonds of Hungary. This type of visa is called 'golden', as an applicant is obliged to invest 300 thousand euros in Hungarian bonds through a company authorized by the Hungarian authorities. In addition, a person must pay another 60 thousand euros as an administrative fee.

The Naryshkin family allegedly submitted documents through the office of the company Voldan Investments of Liechtenstein. The company refused to give any comments on the topic, explaining it with the fact that their office was closed due to the termination of the program back in 2017.

Recall that Sergei Naryshkin was put on the US sanctions list in 2014. He became the Head of the Foreign Intelligence of Russia in 2016.

As a former high-ranking intelligence official said on condition of anonymity, it is impossible to imagine such a situation in Western practice, as even the fact of intention of close relatives of an intelligence officer or a top official to appeal for a residence permit in a European country beacause it could cause a political scandal.

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