Chelsea FC owner Abramovich was not among Russian oligarchs targeted with sanctions by the UK today over the invasion of Ukraine – but the war has already cost him £300million in a single day.
The billionaire was named in papers leaked to an MP today that linked him to Vladimir Putin’s regime and ‘public association with corrupt activity and practices’.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Labour MP Chris Bryant said he had a leaked Home Office document which suggested Abramovich should not be allowed to be based in the UK.
It showed that at the time, Bryant said, Abramovich was of interest to the government “due to his links to the Russian state and his public association with corrupt activity and practices”.
The document, he said, cited court proceedings in which Abramovich admitted paying for political influence.
“That is nearly three years ago and yet remarkably little has been done in relation. Surely Mr Abramovich should no longer be able to own a football club in this country?
“Surely we should be looking at seizing some of his assets including his £152m home?” Bryant added.
A spokesman for Abramovich has declined to comment.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “I couldn’t comment on individuals in that way or leaked documents of that type.”