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Catalog - Abroad - Russian oligarchs' charter plane seized in the UK

The plane landed in the archipelago on March 3. According to the British authorities, Eugene Schweedler was one of the oil magnates on board the ship.

Shvidler, originally named Yevgeny, worked for a while in the United States, where he received American citizenship. He later returned to Russia, where he snatched one of the most promising oil companies, Szibnyefty, along with his then partner, Roman Abramovich.

In the UK, they are now checking whether the oligarch is renting the plane on a permanent basis and whether it will be subject to UK sanctions.

The Luxembourg-registered plane was to continue its flight from Britain to Dubai, but the airport authorities failed to take off.

This happened when London announced new sanctions against Russian aircraft.

The British government has made it a criminal offense for Russian-owned or chartered aircraft to enter UK airspace. New trade sanctions have been imposed in the meantime banning UK exports of space technology to Russia.

Eugene Schweedler has not yet been named to any British criminal list.

The British froze fifteen billion pounds of Russian wealth

On the official website of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to explainThat the assets of seven Russian oligarchs were frozen, totaling 15 billion pounds (about 6,900 billion pounds).

In addition to the asset freeze, the foreign minister announced travel restrictions on “seven of Russia’s richest and most wealthy oligarchs, whose business empire is closely linked to the Kremlin.” The seven businessmen were deported from the United Kingdom.

The head of British diplomacy added that the government would continue to support Ukraine and “work to isolate Russia in the international arena.”

The United Kingdom was “one of the first countries to ban the use of Russian aircraft”. quoted Describing it as a step forward, the BBC described it as a criminal offense for a Russian plane to fly through UK airspace.

Grant Shapps argued that our goal is to deprive the Russian president and his cronies of a comfortable way of life while innocent Ukrainians suffer.

In the case of charter aircraft, it is not easy to establish a link between an aircraft registered in a third country and its wealthy Russian lessee. However, according to sources who told the BBC, identifying a plane as Russian is not only about tracking it on radar, but also includes real “investigative work” to find out its true owner.

The new sanctions were announced shortly after the British government confirmed that it would ban imports of Russian oil by the end of the year, like the United States.

It is not only the British who are being punished

Roman Abramovich, the former partner of Shvidler, the most famous oligarch in the asset freeze, is famous for his luxury yachts next to his football club.

The Russian businessman is not yet able to sell Chelsea, in fact: the London club is virtually powerless, but can at least play matches with the individual permission of the government.

An asset freeze means that UK citizens and businesses may not deal with UK money and economic resources that are owned, held or controlled by specific people. It also prevents the provision of funds and resources to or for the specified persons.

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In addition to Abramovich, Alexei Miller, CEO of the giant Gazprom, was punished; Oleg Jeribaska, co-owner of an energy and mineral conglomerate; Igor Zyxent, CEO of Rosnyftty; Andrei Kosztint, President of VTB Bank; Nikolai Tokarev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Transnistria State Oil Transport Company, and Dmitry Lebedev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia.

A few days ago, Italian authorities confiscated nearly 140 million euros (54 billion forints) of villas and yachts from four Russian oligarchs who were included in the European Union’s sanctions list for the invasion of Ukraine.

According to police information, the villa of billionaire businessman Alizer Usmanov and the luxury property of state TV presenter Vladimir Sologov on Lake Como in Sardinia were confiscated.

The yachts of Gennady Timchenko, who has close relations with the Russian president and Alexei Mordasov, Russia’s richest man, were also seized in the port of Imperia in northern Italy.

Russian oligarchs have bought a number of luxury vacation homes in Italy over the past two decades, so the expropriation may not be over yet.

(Cover Photo: Roman Abramovich and Eugene Schweedler, September 24, 2005. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Images/Getty Images)

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