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The authorities of the island of Jersey (UK Crown Dependency) have launched a preliminary investigation into the assets of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich under their jurisdiction , writes The Wall Street Journal, citing sources.
In recent years, much of Abramovich's fortune has been registered in Jersey, the WSJ writes, citing financial records and sources. Among his assets— companies that own real estate, helicopters and a yacht.
Investigators are trying to understand if any of the assets were obtained illegally or violated the laws of Abramovich's proxies. They are also trying to find out if any attempts were made to hide the assets from Western sanctions.
According to the newspaper, law enforcers are also investigating how Abramovich obtained shares in oil companies in the 1990s, “which became the basis of his wealth in post-Soviet Russia.”
While the investigation is in the preliminary phase and has not become formal, no charges have been brought against anyone.
RBC turned to Abramovich's representative for comment.
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In mid-April, the Jersey government announced that a court had ordered a freeze on $7 billion in assets believed to be linked to Abramovich. Then it became known about the arrest of 33 properties in France, of which ten, according to a source from The Guardian, belong to Abramovich.
The billionaire owns the investment company Millhouse, as well as shares in the metallurgical company Evraz and the Azbuka supermarket chain. taste».
In 1995, Abramovich acquired the Sibneft company as part of a privatization campaign. The enterprise was created, among other things, on the initiative of Boris Berezovsky on the basis of Noyabrskneftegaz, the Omsk Oil Refinery and other enterprises in the oil sector. Later, in 2011, during a trial in London on Berezovsky's lawsuit against Abramovich, the latter's lawyer, Jonathan Sumption, admitted that the deal was “corrupt.” According to him, “Sibneft” it was planned to be used as a source of funding for the ORT television channel, controlled by Berezovsky, who was supposed to support President Boris Yeltsin in the elections.
In 2005, Abramovich sold his stake in Sibneft to (75.7%) Gazprom for $13.1 billion.
Now Forbes estimates the businessman's fortune at $9.1 billion in real time, Bloomberg— at $ 12.6 billion. It is under Western sanctions, including the EU, Great Britain and Canada.
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