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Ocean’s Thirty Six

This could be the beginning of series of huge scandals. The Greek Economic Crime Unit (SDOE) has been investigating for quite some time now 36 political figures (current or former MPs and Ministers) for their incomes, properties and assets. The “list of the 32”, as it was initially called, has been kept secret. Until now.

Ocean’s Three Hundred

Web portal zougla.gr has published the list of the investigated MPs causing tremors in the already fragile Greek political scene. In this list there are 36 names and one political think tank. In addition, Here are the names and their current or former posts where they served (the order is random).

Panos Kammenos, head of the Independent Greeks Party

Nikitas Kaklamanis, New Democracy MP and former Mayor of Athens

Athanasios Nakos, vice-chairman of the Greek Parliament

George Voulgarakis, former Minister of Culture, of Public Order and of Maritime Affairs (New Democracy)

Mihalis Liapis, former Minister of Transport (New Democracy)

Aris Spiliotopoulos, New Democracy MP and former Minister of Tourism

Mihalis Karchimakis, former Secretary of PASOK’s National Council

Spilios Spiliotopoulos, former New Democracy MP

Nikos Konstantopoulos, former head of SYRIZA

Elisavet Vozenberg, former New Democracy MP

George Orfanos, New Democracy, former Deputy Minister for Sports (during the Olympic Games)

-Marina Chrysoveloni, Independent Greeks MP

Giannos Papantoniou, former Minister of Finance and of Defence (PASOK)

Antonis Mpezas, New Democracy MP

Nikos Tagaras, New Democracy MP and former Corinth regional governor

Panagiotis Fasoulas, former basketball player, PASOK MP and Mayor of Piraeus

Elpida Tsouri, former PASOK MP and Deputy Minister for Fisheries

Filippos Fountis, candidate MP with Green Party

Alexandros Voulgaris, former PASOK MP

Leonidas Tzanis, former Deputy Minister of Interior (PASOK)

Ioannis Anthopoulos, former Deputy Minister of Education (PASOK)

Anastasios Mantelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Ioannis Sbokos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Defence

Apostolos Fotiadis, former Deputy Minister of Finance (PASOK)

Fevronia Patrianakou, New Democracy MP

Nikolaos Andrianopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Finance (New Democracy)

Akis Tsochatzopoulos, former Minister of Defence (PASOK-already in jail awaiting trial)

Fotis Arvanitis, former PASOK MP

Dimitris Apostolakis, former Minister of Defence (PASOK)

Christos Verelis, former Minister of Transport (PASOK)

Konstantinos Liaskos, former Minister of Environment

Christos Zahopoulos, former General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture (New Democracy)

Petros Mantouvalos, lawyer and former New Democracy MP

Mihalis Halkidis, former New Democracy MP

George Patoulis, Mayor of Marousi district (northern Athens)

Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation, New Democracy think tank investigated for mismanagement

First Marathon cup goes on sale

Greece might not have ended on e-bay but the silver cup that was awarded to Spiros Louis, the winner of Marathon at the first modern Olympics (Athens 1896) is one the box, at Christie’s.

The silver cup of Spiros Louis, the first Olympic Marathon winner (Athens, 1896)

The grandson of the legendary runner, also called Spiros Louis, decided to sell the precious artifact inherited by his grandfather. According to an interview he gave to Ta Nea newspaper, he originally tried to sell the cup to the Greek state. At the beginning it was the former Mayor of modern day city of Marathon who was interested to buy the cup in order to exhibit it in the municipality’s museum. Then, there was interest by the Hellenic Association of Amateur Athletics (SEGAS) and by Kostas Panagopoulos of the Athens 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympics. Spiros Louis also tried to contact the Minister of Culture but there was no result. Greece managed to host one of the most expensive Olympiads in the history of the modern Games but there was no money to keep this artifact in Greece.

According to Christie’s, the silver cup is estimated to realise between £120,000 and £160,000. Funnily, Spiros Louis said that he originally tried to sell the family’s artifact to the Greek state at a much lower price.

The news about the cup going on the box caused many reactions. Like that one of George Patoulis, Mayor of Athens’ Marousi district where the main Olympic Sports Complex is. The legendary runner, you see, was born in Marousi and the current Olympic Sports Complex is named after him. “We are emotionally attached to Spiros Louis. As soon as we learned about the auction we were mobilized. I personally send letters to friends who are businessmen in London in order to open an account so that we buy the Cup” said Patoulis.

Spiros Louis photographed by Albert Meyer, the official photographer of the Athens 1896 Olympiad

As for who is going to pay for it so that Patoulis celebrates the return of the cup to its home, no one knows. And even if this idea is realized another question will remain. Why did we have to pay a higher price, including the commission of Christie’s, in order to keep this artifact in Greece?