In today’s episode, Cyprus is “one of the weakest links” in international efforts to seize the assets of sanctioned Russian nationals, while the island hosts dozens of active shell companies that can be traced back to Russian oligarchs, a report by the American news network CBS showed.

Meanwhile, the education ministry said on Tuesday it will find an alternative solution for the 250 students who failed to take the Modern Greek exam on Monday after the initial exam was cancelled when one topic was leaked by a teacher.

Elsewhere, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is to visit Cyprus in mid-February following the presidential elections. He will first visit Nicosia and then move on to Athens and Ankara, with CNN Greece stating that his focus is to calm tempers in the region.

All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.