• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich ‘BARRED from living in Britain’

Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea, is said to have been effectively barred from ever living to the United Kingdom.

The billionaire hasn’t been spotted at Stamford Bridge, his Premier League football club’s home in south-west London, in months.

In 2018, he withdrew his application for a British Tier 1 investment visa, citing delays in his application as a result of the Salisbury poisonings and subsequent condemnation of Russian oligarchs.

According to The Sun, senior security officials now believe the 55-year-old will never be permitted to live in the United Kingdom again.

Mr Abramovich, who owns a £125 million property near Kensington Palace, is apparently under orders from immigration officers to make it impossible for him to stay in the UK.

The ‘Special Cases Unit’ of the Home Office is alleged to be handling his case.

It comes after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny branded Mr Abramovich as one of 35 oligarchs designated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as “major supporters” of the country’s president Vladimir Putin’s “kleptocracy.”

He firmly rejects any ties to the Kremlin or any actions that would justify penalties against him, as Britain considers imposing sanctions on Russia in the wake of growing tensions with Ukraine.

Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich (pictured above with Russian president Vladimir Putin) is reported to have been effectively barred from living in Britain ever again

Mr. Abramovich became an Israeli citizen in 2018, allowing him to visit the UK for up to six months.

In October of last year, he traveled to London using his Israeli passport.

Any attempt by the oligarch to seek for a permanent visa, according to a senior source, would ‘very probably be rejected.’

Mr. Abramovich is worth an estimated £8.4 billion.

In addition to his extensive real estate holdings, he also owns a number of superyachts, notably the £450 million Solaris, which is equipped with a missile detection system.

Mr. Abramovich has never had British citizenship and gained his fortune by selling assets acquired from the Soviet Union when it disintegrated.

The billionaire is said to have not been seen at his Premier League football club's south-west London home, Stamford Bridge, for months. Above: The oligarch celebrates with the Club World Cup that was won by his side in Abu Dhabi earlier this month

With the support of Jose Mourinho, he joined at Chelsea in 2003 and helped the club convert from outsiders to Premier League giants.

Evraz, a steel and mining conglomerate registered on the London stock exchange, holds the majority of Abramovich’s UK wealth.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran read out a list in the Commons on Tuesday that included Mr Abramovich’s name with the names of other billionaires, including Arsenal investor Alisher Usmanov.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, whose money turned the club into a football powerhouse

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, whose money helped transform the club into a football superpower.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss refused to clarify whether Mr Abramovich would face sanctions, but she implied that others would.

‘We have a big list of persons who are complicit in the Russian leadership’s conduct,’ she said.

‘Should Russia refuse to withdraw its soldiers, we can keep ratcheting up the pressure, targeting additional banks, elites, and major corporations.’

‘This is about putting pain on Putin and gradually destroying the Russian economic structure, with a focus on Putin’s close associates.’ We need to make it as unpleasant as possible.’

Mr Johnson met with senior City executives yesterday to discuss how to increase sanctions against Russian businesses and individuals with ties to the Kremlin.

The Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons that the government was ‘pushing up’ the next round of sanctions, which would stop all Russian banks, oligarchs, and individuals raising money on London markets.’

The Russian billionaire, 54, reportedly boasts a British property empire that includes a 15-bedroom mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens (pictured) that is believed to be now worth £125 million

Ministers are also devising strategies to prevent the Kremlin from borrowing on UK financial markets.

The ‘flood of illicit money’ entering the UK from Russia, according to Tory MP Bob Seely, is ‘damaging’ the country.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s leader, said it was time to put an end to the “period of oligarch impunity” and ensure that “our country will no longer be homes for their riches.”

As well as his huge property portfolio, he also owns a series of superyachts, including the £450million Solaris (pictured), which has a missile detection system

Mr Johnson agreed that many people want things to go faster, but he stressed the importance of doing it in a coordinated international manner.

‘It’s crucial to remember that all of these safeguards are more successful when all financial centers work together, which is exactly what the UK has been doing,’ he said.

‘We can keep cranking up the heat,’ says the narrator.

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