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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is understood to be under the microscope of British intelligence due to his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Mr Abramovich, who was previously delayed in receiving a visa for the UK, gained Israeli citizenship earlier this year.

Along with several other Russian Oligarchs the multi billionaire has faced new measures including probes by UK authorities into his assets, property portfolio and travel activities.

The reasons according to sources within Whitehall for these measures brought against the Oligarchs are their intimate professional and financial association with the Kremlin.

It is thought that Roman Abramovich is an important key to the Russian governments bidding on several fronts and a major backer and supporter of Vladimir Putin.

The probing by the intelligence services has been approved at the highest level with Theresa May signing off the list of suspects.

The list is to be disseminated throughout Whitehall departments and NATO allies in an attempt to reduce the movement of those listed and the ability to conduct their business empires.

Oleg Deripaska, who is associated various British MPs and Evgeny Fokin, (a former senior officer with Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, held the position pf director with Mr Deripaska’s London-based energy company EN+) are also known to have joined Mr Abramovich on the list.

Another name on the list is Alisher Usmanov who recently had a stake in Arsenal Football Club and whose company has ties with Everton.

In spite of reports linking Roman Abramovich to the Russian GRU intelligence services the blues owner refused to comment on the investigation and has denied being a member of Putin’s inner circle.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:43 am  

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