Chelsea owner Abramovich seeks refuge in Moscow

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Harassed in London and Lisbon, Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich appears to have sought refuge in his home country.

A jet linked to him landed in Moscow early on Tuesday, after taking off from Istanbul following a brief stop there, FLIGHTRADAR24 data shows.

The jet arrived in Istanbul from Israel on Monday, shortly after he was seen in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport.

Abramovich was among seven Russian billionaires added to a British sanctions list last week to try to isolate President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. European Union diplomats have embraced a similar move.

The Russian oligarch, who also holds Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, has denied having close ties to Putin.

In Lisbon, his Portuguese citizenship is now the subject of a probe.

The Porto-based Rabbi who recommended him has been barred from leaving the country.

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Abramovich said last week he was selling the London club, but that sale is now on hold with Chelsea operating under a special government licence, and the Premier League board has disqualified him as a club director. read more

A British transport ministry source said on Friday that Britain was searching out helicopters and jets belonging to the sanctioned oligarchs.

Multiple properties including opulent yachts worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been seized by authorities in Europe in recent days.

Refinitiv ship tracking data showed Abramovich’s $600 million yacht Solaris was underway using engine off the coast of Albania Tuesday morning with the status “awaiting orders”.

Its destination was shown as Turkey after taking off from Montenegro but that was removed late on Monday.

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