Russian oligarch’s hopes of selling Chelsea have been put on hold after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.
Abramovich’s UK assets have been frozen as part of the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a document published by the government on Thursday morning, Chelsea’s owner was identified as “a pro-Kremlin oligarch” and was said to be “associated with a person who is or has been involved in destabilising Ukraine and undermining and threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, namely Vladimir Putin, with whom Abramovich has had a close relationship for decades.”
The document stated that Abramovich has had a close relationship with Putin “for decades” and that the association has led to him benefitting financially.
The government said: “This association has included obtaining a financial benefit or other material benefits from Putin and the Government of Russia.
This includes tax breaks received by companies linked to Abramovich, buying and selling shares from and to the state at favourable rates, and the contracts received in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup. Therefore, Abramovich has received preferential treatment and concessions from Putin and the government of Russia.”
Roman Abramovich has repeatedly denied that he is linked to Putin or the Russian state, or that he has done anything to merit being sanctioned.
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