Refinitiv Adds Greek Firms Working in Russia to World-Check Base

September 11, 2022

NEW YORK – One of the world’s largest financial data providers, Refinitiv, a London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) business, included Greek oil shipping companies which keep working with Russia in the World-Check base. This measure will protect the civilized financial sector from firms that finance Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Among the biggest Greek companies transporting Russian oil are TMS Tankers Ltd., Minerva Marine Inc., Thenamaris Ships Management, Delta Tankers Ltd., and Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd.

For instance, Minerva Marine was established by Andreas Martinos, a brother of the Civil Governor of Mount Athos Athanasios Martinos, who was involved in numerous pro-Russian scandals.

He supported the Russians on Athos and denied the information of the Greek media about the possible expulsion of Russian monks from the Holy Mountain due to the Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

As the German newspaper Bild reads, Moscow is trying to use Athos as a Trojan horse to gain a foothold in Europe and undermine the EU. Russia sponsors Athos monks through large Russian business donors and public organizations. It is known that through the NGO “Russian Athos Society” (registered after Putin’s first visit, probably for sponsorship purposes), at least 30 projects were implemented to “restore” churches, monasteries and other shrines.

In total, despite the ongoing war that the Russian government is waging in Ukraine, from March to May 2022, Greek shipowners exported oil worth $16 billion from Russia, which is more than a third of the oil that Russia exported in this period.

Refinitiv included eight companies that keep working for Russia on the list. All the firms and evidence were taken from the International War Sponsors list created by Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP): https://bit.ly/3L2RT1Q.

“#GreatVictory NACP received confirmation from @Refinitiv that all companies from the #InternationalWarSponsor list are included in the World-Check base. It means the accomplices of the war will be limited in free access to its personal and corporate finances,” NACP posted on Twitter.

The World-Check base also includes such companies as Naspers, Leroy Merlin, and OpenWay Group.




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