Billionaire and businessman Teddy Sagi has survived an assassination attempt in Cyprus over the past month – apparently due to his debts to his business partners in Russia. The country’s security forces have issued a warning to Sagi, who holds Cypriot citizenship by virtue of his gold visa granted to him due to his fortune.
Sagi, the founder of the online gambling companies “Playtech” and “Safe Charge”, business partners from Russia that are engaged in this field. A dispute has erupted between the parties in the last two years after the partners claimed that Sagi owed them a lot of money. According to sources close to the Russian law enforcement system, the partners “sold” Sagi’s debt to criminal elements – the Russian mafia. Sagi, who ran for 25 years in prison for bribery and fraud, has tried in recent months to reach an agreement with them. Despite this, the move was unsuccessful, and apparently led to the implementation of the assassination attempt.
Thus, during the week, media in Cyprus reported the arrest of an Azeri citizen, who holds a Russian passport, with a gun and a silencer. At first, the country suspected that he was a mercenary recruited by Iran and that he intended to carry out a terrorist act against Israelis, but then the suspicion arose that he was a mercenary killer who tried to harm Sagi.
The Azeri citizen, according to reports, was arrested after he parked with a rented car near the place where the assassination targets were located near Nicosia. He even rented an electric scooter that he used to cross earlier between northern and southern Cyprus and carry out the acts.
Tonight it was reported in News 12 that the assassination attempt was thwarted at the last minute. The security forces in Cyprus passed the warning to Sagi and his men, after the suspicion that this was an event of a nationalist nature was ruled out.