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Roman Abramovich-linked assets worth $7B seized in tax haven island of Jersey



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A small island within the English Channel is freezing belongings linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich value greater than $7 billion — the most recent in a series of crackdowns focusing on the billionaire over his shut ties to the Kremlin.

The Channel Island of Jersey, a widely known tax haven with a repute for attracting international traders, stated its order was carried out after native authorities raided addresses that have been “suspected to be related” to Abramovich.

The frozen belongings have been both positioned in Jersey or owned by enterprise entities which can be included on the island. The precise contents of the frozen belongings was not instantly clear.

“The federal government of Jersey continues to face alongside the UK and worldwide companions and has carried out all UK and UN sanctions deployed in response to Russia’s actions towards Ukraine,” Ian Gorst, Jersey’s minister for exterior relations and monetary providers, told the Financial Times.

“Our laws to provide pressure to those measures has extreme felony penalties, and any hyperlinks to sanctioned entities or suspected breaches have to be reported to the suitable authorities,” Gorst added.

Abramovich has confronted intense scrutiny from Western officers because the Russian invasion of Ukraine started in late February. The UK carried out sanctions towards Abramovich, freezing his belongings, together with his ownership of Premier League soccer club Chelsea.

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Jersey is a widely known tax haven with a repute for attracting international traders.
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French authorities have seized 12 properties owned by Abramovich in latest weeks — together with his $120 million Riviera mansion.

Abramovich’s fleet of superyachts — comprised of at the very least 5 vessels collectively value greater than $1 billion – additionally faces seizure. Two of the ships, the $600 million Solaris and the $700 million Eclipse, fled to sea when the UK imposed its sanctions.

The FT reported that Abramovich has moved various belongings to Jersey from the British Virgin Islands in the previous couple of years — with helicopters and at the very least one yacht among the many gadgets held by Jersey-based entities.

Roman Abramovich’s has an expansive and costly fleet of yachts.
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Jersey is self-government however is taken into account a dependency of the UK — which means the UK is chargeable for its protection.

Whereas Abramovich is understood to be one of many world’s richest Russian oligarchs, the extent of his private fortune is a topic of debate. Forbes estimates Abramovich’s wealth at roughly $8.2 billion, whereas the Bloomberg Billionaires Index says he’s value practically $14 billion.

With Submit wires