The future is darkening around Russian billionaire, Chelsea club owner Roman Abramovich after new explosive revelations from the BBC on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
Thanks to the archives of the Russian police, the English channel reveals that part of Abramovich’s fortune reportedly come from criminal actions such as the robbery of a train filled with gasoline in 1992, the takeover of an oil company thanks to rigged auctions in 1995, and the kidnapping in Moscow of a Chinese competitor to the takeover of another oil company in 2002.
The oligarch’s assets were recently frozen because of his supposed closeness to Vladimir Putin, as part of the sanctions imposed on the latter’s decision to invade Ukraine.
The billionaire’s Chelsea club was only allowed to continue its activity with drastic restrictions, including on its main sources of revenue: box office, merchandising and broadcast rights.
Moreover, the 55-year-old businessman is no longer recognized by the Premier League as the manager of Chelsea.
According to reports, Abramovich flew to Moscow in Russia on Tuesday. The billionaire landed in the Russian capital earlier in the day after taking off from Istanbul in Turkey in his private jet, according to data from FlightRadar24.
Time for him to talk to his compatriot Vladimir Putin?