| 12 April 2024, Friday |

UK imposes sanctions on Russians including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Britain said on Thursday that seven Russian businessmen, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, had their assets frozen.

The country’s sanctions list now includes Igor Sechin, Oleg Deripaska, and Dmitri Lebedev.

There can be no safe havens for Putin’s “vicious attack on Ukraine,” according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Abramovich is the millionaire owner of the Chelsea soccer club, Mr. Deripaska owns shares in En+ Group, Mr. Sechin is the CEO of Rosneft, and Mr. Lebedev is the Chairman of the Bank Rossiya Board of Directors.

Following the decision to freeze assets, the UK government announced it would allow Chelsea to continue playing matches and engage in other footballing activities.

“We will work together with the football authorities to keep the license under continual evaluation,” the administration added.

Abramovich, a pro-Kremlin tycoon, was sanctioned with an asset freeze and a travel restriction in an updated sanctions list released on Thursday after ministers were pressured to do so.

According to the government paper, he has had a “decades-long intimate friendship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Obtaining a financial advantage or other tangible gain from Putin and the Russian government has been a part of this connection,” it states.

Mr Putin’s actions on Ukraine featured “new depths of wickedness by the hour,” Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said, adding that the government had issued further measures “against persons associated to the Russian Government.”

“Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, is on this list,” she continued.

She admitted that this would have an effect on the premiership, but said a special license would allow it to continue to operate.

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