UK will ban Roman Abramovich and seize his properties in response to Ukraine attack
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday morning, February 24, Chelsea football club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly been forbidden from ever living in Britain again, with his extensive assets to be frozen by the UK government.
In the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings by Russian operatives, the billionaire withdrew his application for a British Tier 1 investor visa and has not been seen at his Premier League football club’s south-west London home, Stamford Bridge, for months.
Senior UK security sources have told The Sun UK that Abramovich, 55, is unlikely to be allowed to settle in the country again.
The UK government is apparently instructing immigration officers to make it hard for Abramovich, who owns a £125 million property near Kensington Palace, to settle in the country.
His case is being handled by the Government’s ‘Special Cases Unit,’ and it comes after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich was described as one of 35 oligarchs named by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as one of the country’s president Vladimir Putin’s “chief facilitators” this week by UK parliamentarians.
Abramovic adamantly rejects any ties to the Kremlin or any wrongdoing that would warrant sanctions against him.
Mr Abramovich became an Israeli citizen in 2018, allowing him to visit Britain for up to six months, and he used his Israeli passport to visit London last October.
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.
According to reports, in retaliation to Russia’s invasion, the UK government will freeze and seize his money and properties.
In 2003, he purchased Chelsea and converted the club from an outsider to a Premier League powerhouse.