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Grenada police investigating Russian election involvement
Published on February 9, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Allegations of Russian involvement in Grenada’s general election campaign have now reached the level of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

Officials of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) have repeatedly claimed in speeches at their campaign rallies that Russians are funding the election efforts of the New National Party (NNP).

The NNP has denied the allegations.

Vincent Roberts, who has been chairing meetings of the NDC, has said that US$10 million has been provided to the NNP by “Russian mafia”.

Reports are that a local attorney, acting on behalf of the NNP, has written to at least one television station, cautioning about broadcasting the yet unproven allegations against the New National Party.

NDC deputy leader, Finance Minister Nazim Burke
One newspaper has also reported that eight uniformed RGPF officers recently “raided” the world-famous Spice Island Beach Resort owned by Sir Royston Hopkin, one of Grenada’s best-known hoteliers.

The paper said “two guests that are Russian nationals but live in England” were questioned. No arrests were reported.

NDC deputy leader, Nazim Burke, has been quoted as saying that, “in the coming days, we’ll tell you more about this Russian problem.”

The NNP, which was voted out of office in 2008, is trying to unseat the NDC in general elections scheduled for February 19.
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Ian Francis, Toronto,Ontario:

NDC hype, propaganda,desperation, shame face with the hope of fooling voters to hang on to power. The same Naz, trained by the Russians and reported to Coard on the last visit by Prime Minister Bishop.

Mr Burke, were you in the SOVIET UNION in 1983?

Tell the Grenadian people.

Selwyn Benjamin:

Probably someone should tell Mr Francis the Russian mafia were never the communists of the USSR.

I doubt Mr Burke would have met with them in 1983. (The Russian mafia that is).

Ian Francis, Toronto,Ontario:

Selwyn Benjamin:

Probably someone should tell Mr Francis the Russian mafia were never the communists of the USSR.

I do not have to be apprised by anyone what you suggested.Certainly, the USSR became Russia and as one suspect, not everyone could have been a communist. It is very well known that there were many silent CAPITALISTS.

I doubt Mr Burke would have met with them in 1983. (The Russian mafia that is).

The terminology RUSSIAN MAFIA came about after the political changes.While the silent Capitalists are now dubbed RUSSIAN MAFIA, you should be apprised that the term is not only related to WEALTH.

Therefore, my point is that Burke was a regular visitor to Moscow and surely met a diverse group. We don not know whom he met and I am pretty certain that he has not told you who he interacted with.

i think you should not attempt to lecture anyone on this matter.


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