"We expect that the competent bodies of the Republic of Cyprus will carry out the investigation impartially and faithfully, and the culprits will be held accountable," Lavrov said in an interview with the Cypriot newspaper Simerini.
According to the foreign minister, Moscow believes that Cypriot authorities have not closed the case but only suspended the investigation, citing the information from competent bodies of Cyprus.
Lavrov noted that a campaign against cooperation between Russia and Cyprus was also launched by several Cypriot media outlets. The foreign minister assumed that it could be beneficial for Browder and the circles supporting him.
Russian authorities sentenced Browder in absentia, the head of the Hermitage Capital, to nine years in prison in 2013 for tax evasion and for falsely claiming tax breaks for hiring disabled persons. Browder has refuted the accusations, saying that he became a victim of a corruption scheme himself.