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New Cyprus Business Model: 20% Fee To Move Millions Offshore

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After being told that the Cypriot business model was broken, the ever-resilient people of this 'storm in a teacup' island have, by all appearances, taken up their entrepreneurial sickles to make hay while the Troika sun shines. As the FT reports, the hunt is on for many Cypriot bank account holders to find ways to circumnavigate the new Draconian capital controls - and get their money off the island. It seems that this 'need' is being addressed by friendly 'unidentified' locals who are willing to help transfer money across the border (since there is a EUR3,000 limit) for a mere 20% upfront fee. "There are some dubious capital outflows out of Cyprus as we speak," one senior Eurozone official noted, "and... not only Russians." At least three people have been stopped attempting to cross the border with more than EUR 200,000 in cash on their person - their money was confiscated.


Via The FT,

The hunt is on for many Cypriots to find ways to circumnavigate the new Draconian capital controls and get their money off the island.


At least three people have attempted to flee the island in recent weeks with more than €200,000 in cash on their person, according to official sources. The money was in all cases confiscated and the people questioned by the authorities.




Sergei Tyulenev, a Russian businessman, says he received a call on Thursday – the day the capital controls were implemented – from Cypriots he did not wish to identify offering to help him move what he implied was more than €1m out of a collapsing local bank.


The move would have seen his money transferred from the now-failed Laiki Bank, where deposits over €100,000 are likely to see substantial write-offs, to Hellenic Bank, a comparatively healthy Cypriot subsidiary of a Greek bank.


There was a catch though, on top of the illegality of the move. “They said I had to pay €200,000 up front. I refused,” said Mr Tyulenev, speaking from Limassol, a town dubbed “Limassolgrad” for its high proportion of Russian residents.


The Financial Times has seen no official reports of illegal financial dealings at the banks. Those calling Mr Tyulenev may not have been able to follow through with their offer or may have been stopped in their attempts by the financial regulators.




“There are some dubious capital outflows out of Cyprus as we speak,” one senior eurozone official directly involved with negotiations with Cypriot officials said before the banks had reopened. “I’m sure it’s ‘the friends’, and the friends are not only Russians.”




Some 18 per cent of the deposits held in Cypriot banks by residents of other eurozone countries were pulled out in February, according to figures from the Central Bank of Cyprus. Such deposits in Cyprus had fallen 41 per cent since last June to €3.9bn.



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Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:31 | 3394840 Jim in MN
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Your elected officials believe in capitalism and free markets!  And liberty!


Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:33 | 3394852 Alcoholic Nativ...
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As Kudlow loves to repeat, Free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:36 | 3394856 flacon
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Isn't it interesting that governments pass laws FORCING us to use their money, but then governments go and confiscate that money?


I've already contacted Wayne Walton of "Mountain Hours" and Tom Kennedy to see about starting a local currency where I live. 

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:54 | 3394912 Jack Napier
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According to the USG only gold and silver coin can tender payment of debt. You can use them as a local currency if you want. That's what being fungible, divisble, portable, and durable is best for.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:18 | 3394977 The Big Ching-aso
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If Henny Youngman were doing stand-up in Nicosia today...........


"Halt!  You there!  Your Euros or your life!"

"Here, take it!"

"I said your life not your wife you Cypridiot!"

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 02:17 | 3395206 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are make joke, but Boris can store much in colon of wife.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:39 | 3395022 seek
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Whatever you do, though, don't call your gold or silver alternative currency a dollar. They really don't like that.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:43 | 3395034 Jim in MN
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Call it a 'Diller'.  Nursery rhymes are soothing.

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:55 | 3395142 fourchan
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20? why not make it 90% like the fed has done to us?

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 01:07 | 3395156 SafelyGraze
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tylerz better check your facts

websearch for cyprus models doesn't support your hypothesis


next area of internets research: milliions offs hore 


Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:33 | 3395106 Jorgen
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Rand is the currency of South Africa but these folks have been successful in using their own, the Ora:

Orania Monetary System

Also worth mentioning here:

Italian Town Prints Its Own Currency to Fight Austerity Measures


Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:36 | 3395107 DoChenRollingBearing
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Sleazy Russian Vassili Oxenuk.  Vegas!  Guns!  Reverse Mergers!


"Review of Barron's -- Dated 1 April 2013"



Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:50 | 3394902 H E D G E H O G
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does anybody happen to know what the diameter of a roll Euro 300,000 in large denomination bills would be? and if it/they would be small enough, uhmm, say, to fit into a "body cavity"? just thinkin out of the box.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:54 | 3394915 prains
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that and the wifes "coach" bag aren't both gonna to fit, hard choices a cummin!

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 18:10 | 3397486 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is recommend high denomination bearer bond, but if wrap very tight, 100 bill is to make diameter of 35mm. Which ever is use, learn from Boris sad mistake, seal in plastic BEFORE insert.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:56 | 3394919 sgorem
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LOL! You could get Bawny Frank to smuggle millions out that way! :-)

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:57 | 3394921 jeff montanye
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out of the box?

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:30 | 3394994 The Big Ching-aso
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A day in the life of Dimitri Denisovich........................


"Dimitri tried to sneak across the border with 200,000 Euros, Papa."

"What did the border guards do to him?"

"They kept the money and told him to try again tomorrow."


Mon, 04/01/2013 - 10:09 | 3395671 DutchR
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This is how  €510.000 looks like next to some toiletries in a suitcase.



Now if he had bought diamonds..

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 21:40 | 3406470 MeelionDollerBogus
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Just thinkin’ in the box, I like Boris’s idea about the wife.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:19 | 3394955 Banksters
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I guess it might be difficult to stuff 200k euros up your kiester.  Then again, why do you have to steal your own money.  Oh, the state can take it to support the failing banks.  



Mon, 04/01/2013 - 01:07 | 3395155 Just Ice
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right...hard to fathom any justification for demanding an individual's property must remain within their borders, much less seizure of that property at the border

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 15:47 | 3396975 TraderTimm
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Should've used bitcoin.

They'd even have a chance to recoup their bankster 'haircut' during the trip, given how valuations are surging. I suppose the next poor victims will learn from the Cyprus debacle.


Wed, 04/03/2013 - 21:42 | 3406478 MeelionDollerBogus
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Ya, I bet there's a whole week left to trade bit coins for some currency of actual use before they turn back to digital pumpkins at midnight. In fact, if many goods online priced in bitcoins have not gone down you'll lose massive purchasing power in attempting to use them as currency instead of a parabolic day-trade / minute-trade.

Just think. If I could get 10 cans of food for 1 btc before this rise & no one's downgraded their btc price on those cans then today I could spend more than a hundred for 10 cans ... or I could use dollars or euros and pay a fair price.

Right? Right.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:31 | 3394845 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Where is Cyprus on the map again?

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:37 | 3394861 flacon
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Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:37 | 3395004 The Big Ching-aso
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The Greeks and Cypriots should rise up together and become a giant lackadaisical force to be reckoned with.

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 06:51 | 3395330 css1971
Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:32 | 3394847 toys for tits
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Fucking thieves ... bankers and politicians.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:33 | 3394854 francis_sawyer
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"It seems that this 'need' is being addressed by friendly 'unidentified' locals who are willing to help"


Jeez ~ Didn't I just get done identifying these 'locals' on another thread?... APPLY LOGIC...

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:36 | 3394858 foofoojin
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why was the money confiscated? it's there money. it's not cypress money. its belong all of the EU.   The worst they should be able to do is force them to deposit it into a bank.

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 10:36 | 3395738 DosZap
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why was the money confiscated? it's there money. it's not cypress money. its belong all of the EU.   The worst they should be able to do is force them to deposit it into a bank.

Time to hire some Ex Spetsnaz to cean the situation up,quickly.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:41 | 3394859 NoDebt
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They're only catching the little fish at this point.  The big ones are already long gone.

Long Cypriot charter boats and helicopter "sightseeing tours".

T.C., it's Magnum here.  I need to ask you for a favor?  No way, man, ever time you ask me for a favor my chopper ends up with bullet holes in it.  No, this time is different- I just need to deliver a "package" from Cyprus to an undisclosed location elseshwere in southern Europe for a "friend"- no guns involved.  Yeah, that's what you always say!


Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:37 | 3394863 Iocosus
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At least three people have been stopped attempting to cross the border with more than EUR 200,000 in cash on their person - their money was confiscated.

Might as well risk skipping town with your dough. Sticking around, they'd take it anyway.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:41 | 3394879 ziggy59
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Does Jon Corzine have relatives in Cyprus?
In other words, Beware of strangers wanting to ferry your PMs by boat

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:43 | 3394884 kito
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"dubious capital outflows"..........................hahahaha.............as if thats whats dubious in this whole sad farce...........................

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 02:06 | 3395195 Lore
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If this is the template for the rest of Europe -- and elsewhere (!) -- then WHY AREN'T CYPRIOTS RISING UP?


Mon, 04/01/2013 - 06:06 | 3395315 zhandax
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You see who is now in year five of residence in the White House?

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 06:31 | 3395326 resurger
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Sun, 03/31/2013 - 22:43 | 3394886 Stuck on Zero
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I'll bet the authorities aren't inspecting the private jets.


Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:03 | 3394935 sitenine
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Are more mules counted as job creation? Bullish!

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:06 | 3394940 scatterbrains
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If they were smart they'd Corzine everyone's shit, load levered long gold any which way they can, shut down all capital flows until they can enact Swiss secret banking type laws and other means to attract wealth trying to flee the fiat system then burn all their debt paper, float a new hard backed currency and wait for the off shore money to pour in and tell Germany don't hate the player hate the game and wash their hands completely of the shitty rotten fiat game.. but I think it's too late now.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:07 | 3394944 mt paul
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wonder if there is a call for shipwrights 

 boat re-balasting anyone

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:09 | 3394949 IridiumRebel
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Just fucking chip everybody like criminals and get it over with already. Jesus fucking Christ! Capital Controls....fuck you. After that letter specifically stating the portion of their Constitution where it is illegal to do this why isn't someone getting lawyered up? UNLEASH THE DOZERS.

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:36 | 3395112 IridiumRebel
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I think someone misunderstood the angst of my "chipping" statement.

Wed, 04/03/2013 - 21:40 | 3406472 MeelionDollerBogus
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lawyers require money and no one can pay. Even HAVING a lawyer shows you've got the money to be taken.

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:14 | 3394962 ShortTheUS
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If on your person doesn't work, in your person just might...

Sun, 03/31/2013 - 23:19 | 3394978 ziggy59
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Roll of gold coins may go in easier than come out

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 00:50 | 3395131 DoChenRollingBearing
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1/10th oz gold coins, wrapped well, take up little space...

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