According to the publication, the owners of Malta’s “golden passports” were the namesakes of the shareholder of AFK Sistema investment company Alexander Gorbatovsky, the main owner of the Chocolate network Alexander Kolobov, the founder and chairman of the board of directors of the Guta group of companies, Yuri Gushchin, as well as several other representatives Russian business.

In November, it became known about the plans of Cyprus to deprive the citizenship of nine Russians who received "golden passports" for investing in the country's economy.