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Zakharova advised London to ask about the number of mercenaries

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responding to the remark about the “hysteria” of London because of the death sentence passed in the DPR on two Britons, suggested asking the embassy about the number of British mercenaries before making statements

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised the UK to ask the Ukrainian embassy in the kingdom by the number of British mercenaries in Ukraine before making any statements. She stated this on the air of the Sunday Evening program. with Vladimir Solovyov.

“And they wondered how many applications the Ukrainian Embassy in London received to recruit mercenaries from the so-called British volunteers? Maybe they would ask how many subjects they registered there? No, not interested? And let them take an interest»,— suggested Zakharova in response to the journalist's remark about the “hysteria” London because of the death sentence passed in the Donetsk People's Republic on two Britons.

In early June, the DPR Supreme Court sentenced Britons Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death, as well as Moroccan Saadoun Brahim. They were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 (commission of crimes by a group of persons), art. 323 (forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power) and Art. 430 (mercenarism) of the Criminal Code of the republic.

In the DPR, the death penalty is provided for these crimes in wartime conditions, which is de facto allowed: there is no moratorium on this type of punishment.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the death sentence, calling those convicted prisoners of war. According to her, the DPR Supreme Court issued a “fictitious judgment that has absolutely no legitimacy.”

Zakharova, in turn, said that London's reaction to the verdict was hysterical, although the British side had not previously appealed to the DPR about its citizens, from which we can conclude that until now their fate has not “essentially interested” anyone.

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London sends ‘arrogant’ note to Russia on sentenced Britons

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Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin said that London sent Russia a note written in “exceptionally arrogant, instructive terms” regarding British mercenaries who fought for Ukraine, were captured and were sentenced to death in the DPR.

“She does not make us want to cooperate on these issues,” Kelin said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel, evaluating the note sent.

Recall that on June 9, a sentence was passed on subjects in Donetsk Great Britain Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, as well as Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim.


Russian Ambassador announced contact with London on those sentenced to death in the DPR

London tried to make contact with Russia on the subject of two British subjects sentenced to death in the DPR, but Moscow did not like the tone of the appeal

Aiden Eslin, Saadoun Brahim and Sean Pinner

The UK has made contact with Russia on the topic of the British sentenced to death in the DPR, London sent to Moscow an “arrogant” note, Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin said, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, the tone of the British diplomatic note does not make Moscow want to cooperate with London. “I can say that there was an appeal from the British to us, they sent a note, but a note composed in exceptionally arrogant, instructive terms. She does not make us want to cooperate in these matters,»,— he said on the air of Rossiya 24.

On June 9, the DPR Supreme Court sentenced to death three foreigners who fought on the side of Ukraine. British Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner and Moroccan Saadoun Brahim were sentenced to capital punishment. They were convicted of mercenarism and other crimes. The trial took three days. The head of the republic, Denis Pushilin, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum stated that neither a pardon nor an exchange of British citizens sentenced to death is planned.

Official London condemned the verdict. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called it fictitious and said it had no legal force. According to the UK, Pinner and Aslin are not mercenaries, but prisoners of war, since they served in the Ukrainian army.

According to 48-year-old Pinner, he worked as an instructor in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He was taken prisoner in April along with soldiers from the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol. According to the Zvezda TV channel, 27-year-old Aslin was among those who “voluntarily laid down their arms” Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol.

On June 17, the Ministry of Defense published its own data on the presence of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. According to the Russian Ministry, about 3 thousand foreign citizens are now fighting on the side of Kyiv.

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Foreigners ridiculed London after the death sentence for mercenaries

“You can't dream of being miraculously rescued, two idiots are not worth the effort”

The DPR court sentenced three foreign mercenaries to death on June 9th. This event is capable of causing an international scandal, since two of them – Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner – are British citizens. Foreign users of social networks ridiculed the helplessness of England, unable to protect its citizens.

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British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss posted on social media the following message: “I strongly condemn the verdict handed down by the Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine. Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner are prisoners of war, not mercenaries. My thoughts are with their families. We will continue to do our best to help them.”

YouTube user Brian Carno ironically replied: “Is this the same Liz who promised to squeeze all the blood out of Russia to the last drop? Something she can’t do it.

Kenneth Sarinen analyzed the situation: “It seems that Britain is now between a rock and a hard place: if Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner are indeed prisoners of war fighting for their country, then the British government has, in fact, officially admitted that England is fighting Russia. You cannot be a prisoner of war if you do not follow the orders of your state during the conflict. It turns out that they were sent from the UK to the Ukrainian army as support for Ukraine. England could have avoided many problems if it had simply recognized them as mercenaries fighting for money. What will happen to her now?»

A user with the nickname “Malfeasans” ironically wrote: “If the British government wants to exchange them, then first they will have to recognize the DNR and LNR. Otherwise, with whom will they negotiate?»

So far, only Russia has recognized the DPR and LPR, as well as Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are recognized as independent by only a few states.

Another user "AntMunky Boyli" posted this comment: “Listen to a former British military soldier. You can not dream that they will be miraculously saved. Two idiots are not worth the effort. England has already fallen too far down that rabbit hole, why should she dig herself even deeper? The Russians will set an example of what will happen to all foreign mercenaries in Ukraine.

The life and death sentence of mercenaries: photodossier of Sean Pinner, Aiden Aslin, Saadun Brahim

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London called the verdict on the British in the DPR a fictitious justice

British Foreign Minister Truss condemned the sentence of British citizens to death in the DPR, calling this court decision fictitious and illegitimate. The verdict was passed on June 9 by the Supreme Court of the DPR, in addition to the British, a Moroccan citizen was convicted alt=”London called the verdict on the British in the DNR a bogus justice” />

Saadoun Brahim, Aiden Eslin and Sean Pinner

The decision of the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic to sentence British citizens Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin to death is fictitious and has no legitimacy. This was announced by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

The British Minister categorically condemned the sentencing of British subjects. “They are prisoners of war. This is a fictitious judgment with absolutely no legitimacy,— she emphasized.

Earlier on June 9, the Supreme Court of the DPR sentenced Pinner and Aslin to death, as well as the Moroccan Saadoun Brahim, accused of participating in hostilities on the side of Ukraine as mercenaries.

The punishment was imposed on the accused “according to the totality of crimes.” The court noted that Pinner was wanted in the UK for participating in hostilities in Iraq and Syria.

The trial of them began on June 7, they were charged under Part 2 of Art. 34 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Commission of crimes by a group of persons”), Art. 323 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Forcible seizure of power or forcible retention of power”) and Art. 430 of the Criminal Code of the DPR (“Mercenarism”).

The defendants partially admitted their guilt.

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The investigation into Pinner's case was completed at the end of May. According to 48-year-old Pinner, he worked as an instructor in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He was taken prisoner in April along with soldiers from the 36th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol. According to the Zvezda TV channel, 27-year-old Aslin was among those who “voluntarily laid down their arms.” Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Russia to show humanism towards the British captured in Ukraine. He added that Aslin had previously served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and therefore cannot be considered a mercenary.

In early May, the Investigative Committee opened criminal cases in Russia against 75 mercenaries who participate in combat actions on the side of Ukraine. According to the committee, the mercenaries arrived from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Norway, Georgia and other countries.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on February 27 that Ukraine intends to involve foreign volunteers in the hostilities, and announced on the creation of the International Legion of Territorial Defense of Ukraine.

In early June, a fighter of the Russian Guard, Sergeant Adam Bisultanov, died in the Donbass during a clash with foreign mercenaries, among whom was the son of a member of the British Parliament, Ben Grant.

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The Foreign Ministry announced the deterioration of the security situation of the embassy in London

The Russian Embassy in London

Great Britain violated international legal obligations and turned off the panic button for the Russian ambassador in London, according to the report of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on violations of the rights of compatriots abroad.

The ministry also indicated that the building of the consular department of the embassy was attacked: “activists” they threw eggs at him, broke the windows of the hall where citizens were received.

Diplomats also noted that, contrary to the international legal obligations of Great Britain, Russian diplomats were subjected to restrictions on the right to work, fair and favorable working conditions in the country. In addition, representatives of the Russian diplomatic mission were restricted in access to any type of service, including the right to personal security and state protection.

“In particular, we are talking about restricting access to the embassy’s bank account, the official BMW dealer’s refusal to service the embassy’s fleet, turning off the so-called “panic button” in the buildings and residence of the Russian Ambassador to the UK, as well as in a country residence, about penetration into the territory of a country residence and damage to property, & mdash; said in the document.

In mid-April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “virtually terrorist acts” had been carried out against Russian institutions abroad. Lavrov added that not only diplomats are being threatened: Russian citizens, he said, are regularly attacked. He recommended that employees of diplomatic departments abroad “not go alone.”

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov also previously said that the Russian embassy in Washington operates in a “hostile environment”; and threats of physical violence against its employees. “American intelligence officials flit around the Russian embassy, ​​handing out FBI and CIA phones that you can call to establish cooperation,” — the ambassador said. He clarified that politicians publish in the American media calls for embassy staff and the military to “come over to the side of so-called democracy.”

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Abandoned Albion. Russian spouses left London for a house in the Kuban

Russian spouses from London, who became foreigners back in the 90s, moved to one of the villages of the Krasnodar Territory. Because of the changes in the West, they saw Russia in a new light, and now their children and grandchildren are invited here. learned about the reasons for the return of the family.

There was nothing to lose

The life of this family can be compared to a chronicle, in which the hand of fate impartially reflected the turning points for our country and the world. Spouses Lyudmila and Vladimir Ivanenkostarted their journey together in Donbass, from where in 1984 they moved with small children to Lithuania. There was an all-Union shock construction of the Ignalina nuclear power plant, which gave work to them and thousands of other Soviet citizens. But soon, the wind of change blew, bringing with it trials and a completely different life.

Back in the eighties, Ivanenko faced manifestations of Baltic nationalism, which was beginning to raise its head. Then he expressed in little things that left an unpleasant aftertaste. Lyudmila's husband for the first time felt infringement on ethnic grounds at the competitions of fire departments, in one of which he worked. He showed the best results for several years in a row, but the victory was given to others under various pretexts. In the end, Vladimir, dissatisfied with such injustice, was directly told that with his surname it was impossible to be the first in Lithuania.

The situation with nationalism was very different depending on the locality. Ivanenko lived in a predominantly Russian-speaking city, where people from all over the country gathered for a large construction site, so it was quite comfortable to live there. And for for for example, they didn't even go to Kaunas with the dominant indigenous population because of the frequent manifestations of hostility towards people who speak non-Lithuanian. But if under the Soviet regime this could manifest itself only at everyday level     it became much worse after the collapse of the Union.

 I worked as a methodologist in a Russian-speaking kindergarten, where there were no Lithuanian groups at all, — says Lyudmila Ivanenko. — Nevertheless, even for us, the third, highest category of knowledge of the Lithuanian language has become an obligation. At the same time, even the native Lithuanians who worked with me did not know the rules that were required of us. The language itself is very complex. The situation escalated, Russian kindergartens, schools began to close, and in ninety-five years we left to Russia. But you know how difficult those years were».

Life in the Volgograd region, where Lyudmila comes from, didn the family's life. Because of their Lithuanian citizenship, they had to leave every three months to apply for visas. In addition to bureaucratic obstacles, there were problems with work, and it was not possible to organize your business due to crime and other problems of the dashing 90s. As a result, after three years, Ivanenko returned to Lithuania, but                                 's   After the country's accession to the EU, at the request of the Europeans, they began to gradually close the Ignalina nuclear power plant and large enterprises that provided many jobs and brought profit to the country. Through the opened borders, a stream of immigrants poured into the West. In 2004, Lyudmila and Vladimir also left for England. They had nothing to lose in Lithuania.

Survive on the island

England did not meet them with open arms. Having rented a room, the couple began to beat the thresholds of the employment center in London, but the daily “bows” the computers with  vacancy databases were given nothing. Much more useful was an ordinary newspaper in Russian, lying near the metro. Lyudmila saw an advertisement in it, through which intermediaries recruited women from the Baltic countries to work as maids. For lack of a better place, I had to go there, because every week you had to pay a hundred pounds for housing. But cleaning rooms in expensive hotels for four and a half pounds an an an hour turned out to be hard labor.

This work took all my strength, and on one of days the supervisor also began to find fault with almost because of every missed speck of dust. From resentment and fatigue  Lyudmila's tears welled up. She admitted that she had never worked as a maid and it it is very difficult for but there is nowhere else to go. The strict leader did not feel sorry, but she gave advice.

“You can't stand it here, you will die here!” — she said to Lyudmila. — Better go clean private houses or look for a job in your specialty».

The supervisor suggested which newspaper to look for vacancies in, which helped Lyudmila get a job as a nanny in a Russian-English family. Since then, thanks to the pedagogical education and experience she received in the USSR, she began to receive a stable income — The service proved to be very popular among immigrants. But Vladimir Ivanenko could only get a job as an ordinary hard worker. All 17 years he worked with gypsum board at a construction site, where he was valued as a good specialist.

«Most of the Russian-speaking men there have one road — for construction, this is the best option, — Lyudmila Ivanenko says — We even knew a doctor of medical sciences who worked in a team of builders. There are many well-educated immigrants in England who came and became nothing. And if you want to study, then you must work at the same time, because otherwise you simply won survive».

It is indicative that their two sons and daughter started their life in Foggy Albion, not by by parents who would simply not pull everyone. Ivanenko's children first lodged in & nbsp; English families, where they performed various work for & nbsp; a small fee and & nbsp; studied at the same time. In the end, everyone eventually received a local education, although for this they had to try very hard. But and after biting the English granite of science, pounds will not rain if you a mere mortal.

"To make money in England, you have to work hard and work hard, while you have to deny yourself a lot, — continues Ludmila Ivanenko. — A lot is spent on housing, utilities, transport. For example, my husband and I paid two hundred and fifty pounds each month for travel tickets. Our son has a capable daughter, she just needs to develop. She takes care of everything, and music, and gymnastics would do. But they can only afford to pay for online classes, as regular ones are very expensive. And what is online gymnastics?"

Spouses Ivanenko in the 2000s shortly after moving to England. Photo: From personal archive

House on sand

Lyudmila and Vladimir spent a lot of effort to acquire their “fortress” in England. Six years after the move, they bought a house on a 25 year loan, but in the end the already high price of 76 squares of happiness was made completely unsustainable by the government program they took advantage of. It seemed profitable, but Ivanenko misunderstood an important condition that actually turned this assistance into a disservice for them.

Under this program, the couple received a little less than half of the total cost of housing — seventy thousand pounds, and the rest was taken from the bank. For ten years they regularly repaid the interest, and then they accumulated the required amount and wanted to return the first part of the debt in full. Then a catch was discovered.

“We were told that the market value of the house had increased, and they needed to return forty percent of the new price, — explains Ludmila Ivanenko. — Then we understood that because of our age we would never pay the money for this house, it will just be taken away in the end».

They decided that the wisest thing would be to sell the property and take what what they can. This was the last straw that led the couple to the decision to leave England. It gradually matured among them as life on the island changed. One of the arguments in favor of leaving was the sharp increase in the retirement age in England. According to Lyudmila, the authorities made this decision quietly, without any discussions with the society and no transitional periods. For her and her husband, the term for going on vacation was suddenly raised from 60 to 66 years, and their children will generally have to work until 70.

This news, about which they were informed by mail, especially upset Vladimir. Due to problems with joints, it became difficult for him to work at a construction site, especially since he had to keep up with young people. Many illegal immigrants are recruiting into this area, ready to work in any conditions. Then Lyudmila had a saving idea to open a small kindergarten at home for Russian children together with her husband. They recruited a group and already started making good money, when suddenly a pandemic came and crossed everything out.

Under the influence of the coronavirus, the real estate market in England experienced a stir, after which a recession is predicted. The couple decided to seize the moment and quickly found a buyer for their house, a replacement for which in Russia they began to search in advance via the Internet. Their resolve was reinforced by a decree issued just at the time of the pandemic, which made it easier for people born in the RSFSR to obtain our citizenship. And global changes due to the events in Ukraine, which began already in the process of their moving, even more convinced the spouses of the correctness of their decision.       against the background of the pandemic in England decided to raise taxes for economic recovery, — Lyudmila Ivanenko says       they so big, but the                             of of such a strong increase of the one planned for this year since the war. And now the prices for gas, electricity, gasoline have also jumped sharply. And I think that the situation will only get worse».

Everything was boiling

Also, the decision to leave England, which the spouses nurtured and planned together with the children, was influenced by circumstances from a different plane. They have many grandchildren, and everyone cares what environment they grow up in. And with this is far from everything good. The crime rate has risen sharply in the country, which has jumped noticeably, including after the admission of new members to the European Union, cases of violence and kidnapping of children have become more frequent. Another critical factor — gender policy, which literally changed the orientation in the eyes of Ivanenko.

According to Lyudmila, many native Englishmen opposed the destruction of traditional values. They tried to reach the authorities with petitions with millions of signatures, but everything was in vain. A brook of initially cautious changes quickly turned into a stormy stream that washed away all foundations.

"There is such a trend that if a child wants to change gender, then he will be able to do it, even without notifying the parents — Lyudmila Ivanenko says — If they forbid something, then it is „abuse“ — violence for which a child can be removed from the family. I everything was boiling inside of such a policy, this is a complete decay of morality! If a person’s attention is switched from childhood to sexual development, then he will not interfere anywhere, get into politics. He cares about the rest».

In  her opinion, the coup in this area was facilitated by the desire of many leaders to simply conform to fashion, "show off". Prestigious private schools demonstrated their complete liberalism by banning skirts so that the students did not differ from the students. And then the government said that it was time to abolish in kindergartens and schools gender-emphasizing appeals. She believes that under plausible pretexts, children in England are taught not to obey their parents and even “knock” on them.

It has become even more disturbing in recent months. Even the ears of first-graders in England are pouring aggressive propaganda. Ivanenko's very young granddaughters and other children are told what a bad country Russia is. It is noteworthy that the flag of Ukraine was hung over their school, although the British flag had never hung there before. Also out of solidarity with "square" at the  school, for a while, they abandoned the  strict form. The students were told to wear something blue or yellow.

Children and grandchildren of the Ivanenko spouses during one of their trips. Photo: From the personal archive

The soul rejoices

Last December, Lyudmila and Vladimir came to Russia for the first time since 1998. Through ad sites, they looked after houses in Krasnodar Territory and choose their onsite. Along the way — evaluated life in the country. Although Lyudmila heard a lot of good things from a resident of Novorossiysk, who left England a little earlier, she did until trust the striking changes. But  in the end, the last doubts that settled in the soul due to the negative experience of the dashing nineties were dispelled.

“Back then, anger reigned, life was like this, — Lyudmila Ivanenko says — I remember going into the store and saying something not so — you get nasty, they hug you. And now the atmosphere is friendly, people have changed. This is a completely different Russia! We just rest here with our souls. Of course, some are surprised: „You from England, here?!“ I think that with such an attitude people humiliate themselves, it is necessary to break illusions. If you live there, then the opinion may change a lot. The wrapper is beautiful, but the inside is not as sweet as it seems. A now — even more so!»

The joy was added by the successful purchase of a house in one of villages of the Kuban. They bought a huge house by the river with a plot of almost a hectare of land. The couple hope that their children and grandchildren, who are expected to visit in the summer, will also move to Russia. It was with  calculation for heirs that they chose a big house.

"They must like — Lyudmila Ivanenko says — The grandchildren will have expanse here, and, most importantly, there is no fear for them, which was constantly present there. There are many free clubs for children in the village. There are also paid ones, but the prices are quite adequate. And  health care here is also much more affordable, even paid.

Of course, you need to earn a living somewhere. Vladimir believes that he could work as a driver, sit at the checkout in the store. They promise to make Lyudmila Russian citizenship in a few months according to a simplified program, but her her husband has to wait longer.

For now, all members of the Ivanenko family have Lithuanian citizenship, and the sons and grandchildren of the spouses also have British passports. The daughter of Lyudmila and Vladimir lives in Lithuania, where Russophobia is now going through the roof. Therefore, for security purposes, at the request of the spouses, we changed their surname in order not to harm family members in any way.

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London says there are no plans to send ships to the Black Sea

The representative of the British Cabinet said that London will not send ships to the Black Sea Britain intends to work with partners to find ways to resume exports from Ukraine, in particular through the port of Odessa. The UN has previously called on Russia to lift the blockade of Ukrainian ports London said there are no plans to send ships to the Black Sea” />

At the moment, the UK has no plans to send warships to the Black Sea, a British government spokesman said, Reuters reports.

According to him, “the blockade of Odessa prevents those who need it from getting food.” The government spokesman noted that London will continue to work intensively with partners to find ways to restore exports from Ukraine.

In early May, Martin Frick, director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) office in Germany, said that 4.5 million tons of grain had accumulated in Ukrainian ports, they could not be taken out. Later, WFP Director David Beasley called for the blockade of Ukrainian ports to be lifted, as this would lead to famine and destabilization of countries. With this request, he turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin, noted Reuters. UN Secretary General António Guterres also said that Moscow should stop obstructing the export of food from Ukraine, and Russian food and fertilizer should be allowed to world markets without obstacles.

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded said that a combination of reasons led to the food crisis, primarily sanctions that interfere with normal free trade, so they should be removed.

At the end of March, the United States announced the withdrawal of all ships of its Navy from the Black Sea. The Pentagon said that this demonstrates its disinterest in the escalation of the conflict. The Turkish Ministry of Defense in April announced that it would not allow the introduction of warships into the Black Sea, in accordance with the Montreux Convention. Its 19th article states that during a conflict to which Ankara is not a party, warships of the warring parties cannot pass through the straits. Defense Minister Hulusi Akar noted that the Turkish side is trying diplomatically to warn the allies from entering the Black Sea, since such actions can be perceived as a provocation.

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London does not expect Putin to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine


According to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he does not expect Russian President Vladimir Putin to apply tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Ukraine. This is reported by Sky News.

Thus, when asked by Talk TV whether there is a threat that Putin will use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine if his army does not succeed, Johnson replied: “No, I don’t think so.” .

The British prime minister explained that Putin in Russia is supported by the majority of citizens, and he also has “a fairly large political space to retreat, to leave.”


Defense Ministry accuses London of provoking Ukraine to attack Russia

James Hippie

The direct provocation of Ukraine by the UK to strike at Russia in the event of an attack will lead to a proportional response, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

We are talking about the words of the Deputy Minister of Defense UK James Hippie. Previously, he declared about the “legitimacy” of possible strikes by Ukraine on military targets in Russia to disrupt the supply of the Russian army with Western weapons.

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Gazprombank issued a license to operate in London

Gazprombank received a general license from the UK Treasury until May 31. The document allows a Russian bank included in the sanctions list to conduct financial transactions. This is reported by TASS with reference to the British Financial Sanctions Authority.

The license will be valid from April 21 to May 31 of this year. London explained that they took such a step, taking into account the interests of a number of companies from the European Union that make payments through this Russian bank.

Gazprombank is one of the largest universal banks in Russia, ranked third in the list of banks in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of equity capital. He came under sanctions on March 24.

Recall that earlier the British Foreign Office reported that more than 60% of Russia's foreign exchange reserves – over $350 billion – were frozen as a result of Western sanctions as a response to a special operation in Ukraine.


London explained the departure of the delegation from the G20 meeting during Siluanov’s speech

During the speech of Russian representatives at the G20 meeting, the British, American and Canadian delegations left the hall in solidarity with Kyiv, they said in London. According to WP, representatives of Ukraine and the head of the ECB also left. “London explained the departure of the delegation from the G20 meeting during Siluanov's speech” />

Delegations from the UK, the United States and Canada left the G20 meeting in Washington during an online speech by representatives of the Russian delegation, led by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, from -for what is happening in Ukraine, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said on Twitter.

“We are united in our condemnation <…> and we will insist on closer international coordination to punish Russia, — wrote Sunak.

Earlier on April 20, The Washington Post, citing three people familiar with it, reported that a number of delegations left the G20 meeting at the same time as the Russian representatives began to speak.

Representatives of Ukraine, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde left the hall, among others.

A report from the Ministry of Finance of Russia about the meeting received by RBC says that Siluanov took part in the G20 meeting remotely, ministers and central bank governors discussed the state of the world economy, record inflation rates and levels of public debt.

“The excessively loose budgetary and monetary policy pursued in recent years in developed countries created inflationary pressure last year, and the sanctions imposed against Russia not only further strengthened it, but also led to new risks in the economy,” ; said Siluanov.

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The Russian minister also stressed that Russia does not refuse to fulfill its obligations even under the condition of “artificial containment”, but this provokes a sharp rise in prices. Siluanov also urged to avoid politicization of the G20 meetings, pointing primarily to the “economic” format of G20 meetings.

An interlocutor of The Washington Post in the US Treasury said earlier that Yellen will miss a number of meetings within the G20 as a sign of solidarity with Ukraine due to the presence of Russian representatives. These data were then confirmed by the White House. “[U.S. President Joe Biden] has made it clear that we should not operate as usual. And he clearly expressed his concerns about their [Russia's] participation in the G20,— said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

At the same time, according to Reuters, Yellen intends to participate in the meeting, the theme of which will be the reduction in production in Ukraine due to hostilities, even if there is a Russian delegation there. An agency source in the US Treasury added that she plans to call on members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to increase pressure on Russia, and her ministry will deal with non-compliance with sanctions or help Moscow to circumvent them.


In early March, diplomats from a number of countries left the UN conference room during a speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Human Rights Council. According to the AFP agency, diplomats from Venezuela, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria and Algeria were among those who remained in the hall.



London will continue to support Kyiv after Russian sanctions against British ministers


The British government does not intend to abandon support for the Ukrainian authorities even after Moscow imposed a ban on the entry of a number of British ministers to the territory of Russia.

The UK Foreign Office reported that London and its international partners are united in condemning the actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

Earlier, Russia announced the introduction of retaliatory measures against the Prime British Minister Boris Johnson. He is denied entry into the country, as are the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss and Ben Wallace, respectively.

In total, 13 people were on the list. In particular, there is Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel, as well as MP from the Conservative Party, former British Prime Minister Theresa May.


London imposed sanctions against the Lokomotiv player and number 4 of the Forbes list

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Boris Rotenberg

The United Kingdom has tightened sanctions against Russia by adding a number of heads of Russian companies to the sanctions list. An updated list is available on the UK Government website.

London has extended restrictions to:

  • Sergey Ivanov, President of AK ALROSA
  • Boris Rotenberg , defender of the Moscow football club Lokomotiv, son of co-owner and member of the board of directors of SMP Bank Boris Rotenberg,
  • Andrey Akimov, chairman of the board of Gazprombank,
  • Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of the Board and CEO of PJSC Gazprom Neft,
  • Sergey Kogogin, CEO of PJSC KamAZ,
  • Andrey Guryev, main owner of PhosAgro,
  • Leonid Mikhelson, Chairman of the Management Board of PAO NOVATEK,
  • Vyacheslav Kantor, the main owner of the mineral fertilizer producer Akron.

Sanctions provide for a ban on entry into the UK and the blocking of all assets located on British territory.

Britain last imposed sanctions on Russian businessmen on March 15. Then the list included former members of the board of directors of the British investment group LetterOne Peter Aven, Mikhail Fridman, German Khan (they had previously left the board), as well as the chairman of the board of directors of Severstal; Alexey Mordashov, Dmitry Pumpyansky (after the EU sanctions, he left the beneficiaries and the board of directors of the Pipe Metallurgical Company), President of the Marathon Group (the largest shareholder of the Magnit retail chain) Alexander Vinokurov, Andrey Melnichenko (against the background of EU sanctions, he ceased to be the owner of the Siberian Coal Energy Company and Eurochem), Dmitry Mazepin (after European sanctions, he sold a controlling stake in Uralchem ​​and left the post of CEO) and cellist Sergei Roldugin.

In total, more than 370 Russian citizens and companies have been subject to British sanctions since March 15. In addition, a number of “political allies” fell under the sanctions. Vladimir Putin, among whom the British Foreign Office included, in particular, Deputy Head of the Russian Security Council and former President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov and Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova received a special mention.

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In addition, the Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia» Andrey Turchak, head of the National Guard Viktor Zolotov, Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan, TV presenter Olga Skabeeva and others.

On March 31, Britain imposed sanctions against Russia's leading TV channel. Sergey Brilev, head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, Mikhail Mizintsev, general director of the Gazprom-Media company; Alexander Zharov, Rossiya Segodnya agency, TV-Novosti, which owns the RT brand, as well as a number of RT and Sputnik employees.

Britain also introduced a ban on flights of all Russian aircraft in March and a criminal responsibility for their landing on the territory of the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Western sanctions illegal and said that the country intends to work with Iran and China to find ways to bypass them. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev noted that the sanctions would return to Western countries like a boomerang without achieving results. According to him, the world economy is also suffering because of the restrictions against Russia.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov previously stated that Moscow was subjected to “the biggest sanctions burden in history”, the “madness” continues sanction hobbies».

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Peskov: all the “trash” is going to London

Dmitry Peskov. Photo: Frame from video.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said on the TV channel “Russia 1” that London is “an oasis for criminals.”

“All the trash is gathering in London, which has stolen money somewhere,” – he said in an interview with Pavel Zarubin, adding that this trash has been gathering there for the past 20 years.

Peskov noted that as soon as someone stole money, he sent it to London, there was honor and respect. “You sit and spend the stolen money. No one is going to give it away,” the head of the presidential press service emphasized.


Peskov called London “an oasis for criminals”

According to Peskov, in the last 20 years in the British capital “all the trash that has stolen money somewhere” has been gathering; law enforcement agencies of this country do not want to cooperate with Russia and extradite criminals

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Western countries constantly criticized Moscow and deliberately worsened relations with it, at the same time, the UK refuses to cooperate with Russian law enforcement agencies and extradite criminals who have arrived there, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on the air of the Russia 1 channel.

Answering a journalist's question, when they began to “undermine” relations between Russia and the West, Peskov remembered the former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 in the UK. “I remember very well: the press conference with anguish, the questions from journalists, which means they poisoned Litvinenko. What are we doing here?»— he wondered.

According to the press secretary, over the past 20 years, “all the trash has been gathering in London that stole money somewhere.” “Stole money— in London. Honor and respect, honorary thief, sitting, spending stolen money. No one is going to extradite, no one is going to cooperate with our law enforcement agencies. Well, here is such an oasis for criminals, & mdash; said Peskov.

Litvinenko left Russia with his family and came to the UK in 2000 after several criminal cases were brought against him. He died in London in 2006. According to British law enforcement agencies, he was poisoned with the radioactive substance polonium-210, which was added to his tea during a meeting with businessman Dmitry Kovtun, his former FSB colleague, and Andrei Lugovoi, who later became a State Duma deputy. They deny the accusations and claim that they themselves were victims of poisoning.

In September last year, the ECHR issued a verdict according to which the guilt of Lugovoi and Kovtun was not questioned, and ordered Russia to pay €100,000 to Litvinenko's widow Maria Carter (Marina Litvinenko). Peskov called the charges “unfounded”, noted that the results of the investigation into the death Litvinenko is still gone, and said that Moscow would not comply with the decision of the ECtHR.

Many defendants in criminal cases initiated in Russia, whose extradition was demanded by Moscow, moved to the UK. London refused to extradite the former CEO of LogoVAZ, a partner of Boris Berezovsky, Yuli Dubov, the founder of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, the former CEO of Togliattiazot; Evgenia Korolev and others.

In 2017, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office announced that the British authorities were the first in many years to satisfy the request of Russian law enforcement officers to extradite a Russian to bring him to criminal responsibility— Stanislav Dzgoev, who was convicted of robbery in Irkutsk.

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Times learned about London’s intention to transfer weapons against ships to Kiev

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Boris Johnson

Great Britain intends to supply anti-ship missiles to Ukraine. This was stated to ministers by the head of the British government, Boris Johnson, at a meeting of the National Security Council, reports The Times, citing sources among officials in the kingdom.

“We have a list of what they need, and we are trying to satisfy it in in what we can,— said the interlocutor of the publication (quote from RIA Novosti).

Among other things, London plans to supply Harpoons anti-ship missiles, Switchblades disposable drones, and anti-tank guns capable of hitting fired artillery shells, the newspaper writes.

In late March, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced the intention of London, together with the allies, to transfer more heavy weapons to Kiev. He clarified that we are talking about air defense systems, ammunition and long-range artillery.

He also pointed to the inexpediency of supplying Ukraine with new weapons systems that would require a long training process for military personnel. “The main focus should be on helping Ukrainians upgrade or find Russian or Soviet equipment that they already have in their inventory,” then added the minister. At the same time, he called the British Starstreak man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems ready for deployment in Ukrainian troops, since a number of representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already been trained to use them.

The British authorities have coordinated the supply of arms to Ukraine before. At the end of March, Johnson announced the transfer of £25 million and 6 thousand anti-tank and high-explosive missiles to Ukraine.

A day earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again asked the United States to provide missiles, aircraft and other heavy weapons instead of body armor and a helmet. “Give me something with which I can protect my country,” — he called.

The Russian embassy in the United States has repeatedly criticized the supply of weapons by Western countries to Ukraine. At the end of March, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov called such actions threatening the stability of Europe and the world. “Pumping up the Kiev regime with weapons and throwing foreign mercenaries into Ukrainian territory is irresponsible and extremely dangerous,” — considers the diplomat. Antonov said that a significant part of the weapons supplied to Kiev falls into the hands of “Nazis, terrorists and criminals”, and when they return home, they can use the experience they have gained in any way.

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin explained that such a measure was forced because of the “genocide” from the Ukrainian authorities of civilians of Donbass. Russian forces will carry out “denazification” and the demilitarization of a neighboring country, he added. The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that they strike only at the military infrastructure of Ukraine, there is no threat to civilian objects.

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The Permanent Representative to the UN announced the readiness of London to become a guarantor for Ukraine

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British Permanent Representative to the UN Barbara Woodward expressed London's readiness to act as a guarantor of Ukraine's security. Her words are quoted on the UN website.

She recalled that the British side provides significant military support to Kiev, as well as humanitarian aid worth more than £400 million ($523.9 million). According to her, Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “almost every day.”

Britain wants “in every possible way” help stop hostilities in Ukraine, the diplomat said. “And we would be happy to play our part in this (in becoming a guarantor. — RBC), if we are asked by the government of Ukraine”,— said Woodward.

When asked what guarantees the United States is ready to provide to ensure the sovereignty of Ukraine, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, in turn, said she was not ready to talk about specific details regarding any discussions on this issue. According to her, the United States continues to provide security assistance to Ukraine, supply weapons and, together with allies and partners, increase sanctions pressure on Russia. Washington is committed to Ukraine “sovereign, independent and secure,” she said.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, speaking of security guarantees from Washington, expressed readiness to support Ukraine if Kyiv sees ” “signs of seriousness” in Russia's actions.

Earlier, the Pentagon called Russia's conscientious attitude to negotiations on Ukraine the only condition that the Ministry of Defense can put forward. “This settlement really [should be discussed] between Russia and Ukraine. We didn’t dictate terms and didn’t want to get ahead of ourselves, — said John Kirby, spokesman for the US military department.

When concluding a peace treaty, Kyiv requires clear security guarantees, similar to the fifth article of the NATO charter, said the head of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia, David Arakhamia. Among the potential guarantor states, Kyiv named the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France and Turkey. Subject to guarantees, the Ukrainian side will fix a non-aligned and non-nuclear status.

The head of the Russian delegation, Vladimir Medinsky, confirmed that the Ukrainian colleagues had submitted proposals for a neutral status to him. According to him, they contain a condition that Moscow will not oppose Ukraine's accession to the EU.

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Lasso-ing Chelsea FC? Why super-rich US sports owners are looking to buy a London soccer team.

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Ted Lasso, the story of an American football coach bringing his unique management skills to a fictional soccer club in West London, has entertained TV viewers since 2020. It now appears that some investors stateside are looking to experience this close up by buying a real English Premier League club in West London: Chelsea FC.

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Putting the Blues in the red, white and blue. 

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Ted Lasso, the story of an American football coach bringing his unique management skills to a fictional soccer club in West London, has entertained TV viewers since 2020. It now appears that some investors stateside are looking to experience this close up by buying a real English Premier League club in West London: Chelsea FC.

For the fictional Lasso, swap in the very real Ricketts family. The Chicago Cubs owners have joined up with hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin to bid for the club and have flown to London to meet with Chelsea stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and a former Ambassador to the UK, also reportedly threw his hat into the ring.

The fire sale of the club is part of the fallout from the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. The current owner is the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Facing pressure over his links to Vladimir Putin, he promised to sell the club and donate the proceeds for Ukraine relief. Then the UK government froze his assets and imposed conditions on the sale process to make sure there was no impropriety. The expected price tag for the club is in excess of $3 billion.

But why are Americans so interested in the fire sale of this club?

Chelsea is one of the best-known soccer clubs in the world and current holder of Europe’s prestigious Champions League trophy, which the team also won in 2012. Chelsea is a five-time champion of the English Premier League (EPL).

But the interest is driven not so much by what Chelsea has been as what it might become. The EPL is already the dominant soccer league on the planet, and it might plausibly go on to become the dominant league across all sports — a kind of NFL Global if you will. And that makes Chelsea, one of the league’s biggest clubs, a very attractive prospect. Its location in one of London’s most fashionable districts also helps, even if the stadium itself could do with an upgrade.

An open goal …

This interest of American investors in English professional soccer is not new. In fact, it can be dated to 1998 when, temporarily, Manchester United became the world’s most valuable sports team.

The flood of TV money that started to swell the coffers of England’s top teams from the early 1990s piqued interest in the US and led to a series of acquisitions.

By 2005, the Glazer family, owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had acquired Manchester United. A couple of years later, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke started buying shares in London club Arsenal, eventually taking overall control. In 2010, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry purchased Liverpool.

For those already super-rich individuals, the move into soccer has paid off. Between 2004 and 2021, the value of these three clubs plus Chelsea increased from $2.5 billion to $14.3 billion, a healthy 11% compound average growth rate.

While Europe’s Champions League gives these clubs international exposure — the final of that competition in 2020 pulled in 328 million viewers worldwide — it’s the global reach of the English Premier League that makes its clubs attractive in the long term. The EPL now generates over 50% of its broadcast revenues from overseas contracts. It recently signed a $2.7 billion contract for the US, even though most games air on weekend mornings, meaning people living on the West Coast having to wake up at 4 a.m. to catch some games.

There is almost no country in the world where you cannot get access to EPL games. While Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga are popular, they lag far behind in revenues and reach, and no other league generates even half the revenues of the EPL.

… or an own goal?

But acquiring an English soccer club is not without risk. The promotion and relegation system, in which the bottom three teams in the EPL annually go down a division to the less glamorous second-tier championship, means that teams that fail to win on the pitch are threatened with commercial as well as sporting failure, as several American owners learned the hard way.

Supporters protest against Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family. 

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Before John Henry and the Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool, the club was briefly owned by two other Americans, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, who nearly drove the club into ruin before selling it.

Randy Lerner, the billionaire who once owned the Cleveland Browns, bought Aston Villa FC in 2006 with hopes of bringing success back to a storied team situated in the U.K’s second-largest city, Birmingham. But he decided to sell a decade later after the club was relegated from the EPL, losing a large chunk of TV revenue in the process.

Similarly, American businessman Ellis Short bought Sunderland AFC in 2008 and sold it in 2018 following relegation in that year.

Chelsea’s neighbor Fulham FC — the two teams’ stadiums are only a mile apart — was purchased by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan in 2013, but the club was immediately relegated. And in 2017, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner bought Portsmouth FC — a famous team languishing in the third tier of English football, where it remains today.

Moving the goal posts?

Because of the financial and sporting risks of relegation from the English Premier League, successful clubs must continually invest in talent, making it hard to generate profit.

In the past five years, based on the club’s audited financial statements, Chelsea has reported a cumulative net loss of £227 million ($299 million) on revenues of £2.166 billion ($2.85 billion). The accounts also show that this can be attributed to player wage costs, which have averaged 65% of revenues over the past five seasons, and reached 77% of revenues in the 2020/21 season, when COVID-19 kept fans out of the stadium.

The obvious solution for big clubs like Chelsea is to limit risk by abolishing the promotion and relegation system and then instituting salary caps and other restrictive measures employed in US leagues.

However, when the big clubs proposed something along these lines in 2021 — the ill-fated European Super League — the opposition from fans was so intense that the clubs were forced to back down.

American owners frequently mention a steep learning curve when describing the acquisition of an English soccer club. The attractions are easy to see, the pitfalls are perhaps a little less obvious to the untrained eye.

Stefan Szymanski is a professor of sport management at the University of Michigan. This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site sharing the expertise of academic authors, under a Creative Commons license.

Telegraph learned about London’s purchase of advertising in VK to combat “fake”

The British government center, which is supposed to fight “Russian disinformation”, is also promoting the British position on the situation in Ukraine among Russians, writes

The Telegraph learned about the creation by London of a service to search for “Putin’s assets”

A division of the British National Crime Agency will search for assets associated with the Russian president and his entourage, writes Telegraph. The Kremlin has stated that Putin has no foreign assets

Britain will look for Putin’s assets in London


The Daily Telegraph released an article where, citing sources, claims that the British National Wrestling Agency with crime and intelligence of the kingdom will look for London assets that may belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There are people who are working on this. The special group on kleptocracy will focus on such tasks. Its specialists will look for the money of Putin and his associates,” the source said.

After the imposition of sanctions against the Russian leader, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin does not have any foreign assets.


On February 24, Putin announced a military special operation in Ukraine.

February 24, Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine. It's been 20 days now. Russian Ambassador to the United States Antonov said that the only threat to civilians in Ukraine comes from the armed formations of Ukrainian nationalists. According to him, Russian forces destroy only military infrastructure in Ukraine. The US State Department announced the imposition of sanctions against 11 senior representatives of the Russian defense sector. Meanwhile, the Russian government has imposed a temporary ban on grain exports to the states of the Eurasian Economic Union. The Cabinet also banned the supply of white sugar and raw cane sugar to third countries.


Abramovich was unable to pay tax on a house in London

Due to sanctions, he cannot pay the rent of the plot

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is unable to pay the rent of the plot on which his house stands in the prestigious Kensington district of London.

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According to RBC, formally the land plot on which the businessman's mansion stands, belongs to the monarch. Abramovich has to pay 10,000 pounds (1.4 million rubles) to the British treasury annually for land lease.

However, now the billionaire cannot pay the rent, as his assets in the UK were frozen due to sanctions .

This is an elite mansion built in 1848, which is located in the gardens of Kensington Palace, not far from the home of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

It is noted that in the event of rent arrears the billionaire risks losing his property.

On March 10, the UK imposed sanctions against a number of Russian businessmen, including Abramovich. They froze assets in the country, banned transactions with British individuals and legal entities, and banned entry into the territory of the kingdom.

The businessman was also affected by the ban on owning, registering, moving and using sea and air vehicles.


Media: billionaire Roman Abramovich is selling Chelsea and real estate in London

One of the oligarch's mansions costs more than 22 billion rubles.

The media report on the hasty sale of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Against the backdrop of Russia's military operation in Ukraine and the EU sanctions imposed, the oligarch decided to sell the Chelsea club and real estate in London.

According to Bloomberg, referring to British MP Chris Bryant, Abramovich is afraid of sanctions. For sale, he will put up a mansion at Kensington Palace Gardens, which has five rooms. The cost of the house is almost 150 million pounds (22 billion rubles).

In 2018, the billionaire bought a 3-storey penthouse on Chelsea Embankment in London for 22 million pounds. He will also sell it.

In addition, Abramovich will sell the Chelsea football club. The media also named a possible buyer – Hansjorg Wyss. The Swiss billionaire received an offer to buy FC. He lives in the US and is considered the most powerful Swiss in the world, ranked 558th in the Forbes ranking of the richest people in the world.

At the same time, Wyss's fortune is two times less than that of Abramovich – $5.1 billion vs. $12.7 billion

“Like all the other oligarchs, he too is in a panic. Abramovich is trying to sell all his villas in England”, – says Wyss in a comment to Blick.

The offer to buy Chelsea, in addition to Wyss, was received by two other businessmen. The Swiss said that the deal could be profitable, but Abramovich “asks too much”, the oligarch wants to play for time.

By the way, the club owes £2 billion to the former owner – the buyer will be obliged to pay this amount to Abramovich.


For how much Chelsea want to sell is unknown. Wyss said he was ready to buy the club, but with 5-6 investors.

As Topnews wrote earlier, Roman Abramovich is not yet on the list of individuals subject to EU sanctions. The oligarch's plane immediately after the start of the special operation in Ukraine flew to Switzerland. Also, insiders reported that Abramovich participated in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations in Minsk. He was invited by the Ukrainian side.


Telegraph learned about the arrest of the alleged Rotenberg house in London

Telegraph: alleged Rotenberg house in central London may be arrested in Britain

A house in central London allegedly associated with Russian businessman Roman Rotenberg may be arrested by British authorities. The Daily Telegraph found out about this.

According to the publication, the house in the London Borough of Belgravia was acquired in 2007 for £3.3 million ($4.5 million) through Loktan Services, a company registered in Cyprus, end whose beneficiaries could not be identified. According to the newspaper, “official records indicate that this property is associated with Roman Rotenberg.” (son of businessman Boris Rotenberg— RBC).

Daily Telegraph writes that at the moment the house, apparently, is empty. According to the newspaper's experts, its current market value is £8 million ($11 million).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not comment on the information about the arrest of the property.

The material is supplemented


London recognizes Johnson’s Abramovich reservation under sanctions

Johnson miscalculates that Abramovich has previously been sanctioned by the UK The British Prime Minister slipped a slip of the tongue while speaking in the House of Commons about sanctions against Russia, mistakenly saying that the Russian billionaire “has already been sanctioned”

Roman Abramovich

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a slip of the tongue when he said that billionaire Roman Abramovich had previously been subject to British sanctions, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told Sky News.

However, she evaded a direct answer to the question of whether restrictions have been imposed against the businessman.

Johnson made a reservation during a speech in the House of Commons about sanctions against Russia, reports the BBC. He mistakenly said that Abramovich had “already been sanctioned.” Labor MP Chris Bryant drew attention to her. The prime minister's spokesman acknowledged the mistake and said that Johnson would correct it.

On February 22, Johnson announced restrictive measures against five Russian banks and three Russians: Boris and Igor Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko . The sanctions followed after Russia recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

In 2018, it became known about Abramovich's problems with a British visa, the extension of which was delayed. Then, after the assassination attempt on former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Britain, the British authorities offered to check the origin of the wealth of Russian businessmen investing in the country. The businessman decided not to get a British investor visa after becoming an Israeli citizen.

The Financial Times wrote that the UK was going to stop issuing golden visas. because of Russia's accusations of preparing an invasion of Ukraine.


Saakashvili told about four secret meetings with Lukashenka in London

Saakashvili met with Lukashenka in London to prevent him from recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia According to Saakashvili, at these meetings politicians discussed the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The former president of Georgia spoke about this in court: there is a hearing on the case of embezzlement of state funds

Mikheil Saakashvili

Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili said at a court session that during his presidency he met secretly four times with Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in London. This is reported by “Georgia Online”.

“This is the first time I'm talking about this. It was secret diplomacy. The fact that Lukashenka has not yet recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia— this is the result of my trips to London,»,— Saakashvili said.

On February 7, the President of Belarus announced that the republic could recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, and Crimea— part of Russia, “if he understands” and if Russian President Vladimir Putin “says there is a need for it.” Press Secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov then said that Moscow did not see the need to send signals to Minsk about the need to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as Crimea as a region of Russia.

In 2019, Lukashenka said that he was ready was following the example of Moscow to recognize the independence of Abkhazia, but such a step would lead to the imposition of sanctions against Belarus. According to him, the Russian authorities were not ready to compensate for the damage caused by these sanctions.

The trial of Saakashvili is ongoing in the case of embezzlement of about $ 3 million of state funds for personal needs. Four more criminal cases were initiated against the ex-president of Georgia:

  • about illegal border crossing (it was initiated after his return from Ukraine to Tbilisi on October 1, 2021);
  • about beating the former MP Valery Gelashvili in 2005;
  • about the murder of an employee of the United Bank of Georgia, Sandro Girgvliani (according to the prosecutor's office, Saakashvili tried to interfere with the investigation of this crime);
  • on abuse of power during the dispersal of an opposition rally in 2007 and the invasion of special forces into the office of the Imedi television company.

Saakashvili was President of Georgia in 2004-2013. After that, he came to Ukraine, received a passport of this country and in 2015 headed the Odessa region, but in November 2016 he was fired by the then President Petro Poroshenko. The politician went into opposition and in 2017 was deprived of Ukrainian citizenship. In 2018, Saakashvili was deported, he lived in the Netherlands for several years.

In May 2019, the new President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, returned his citizenship to him, Saakashvili returned to the country.

On October 1, 2021, Saakashvili for the first time in eight years he came to Georgia, where he was detained. According to the politician, he returned to Tbilisi ahead of the October 2 local elections. Saakashvili called on the people of the country to participate in the voting, and the next day after the elections, come to the Freedom Square in the capital.

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Times learned about London’s plans to freeze the assets of Russian energy companies

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The UK may impose sanctions against Russian energy companies in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, British government sources told The Times.

Restrictions may also affect other sectors of the economy, the newspaper writes. The UK authorities are preparing a plan according to which the assets of people and organizations of “strategic significance” will be frozen. For Russia. Those on the list will be banned from entering the UK.

The draft sanctions document is expected to be presented to MPs as early as 31 January.

On Sky News, Truss said that in accordance with the upcoming draft of tougher sanctions, the property of “Russian oligarchs” in London may be confiscated. The bill, she said, would allow Britain to “hit a wider range of targets.” The current legislation of the country allows sanctions to be imposed only against people and organizations directly related to the situation around Ukraine, and the new document will allow extending restrictions to any companies “of interest to the Kremlin.” serve as a pillar of the Russian state» and who are targeted by the bill, “you won’t be able to hide,” the minister stressed.

In response to a question about whether such measures would not hit the British investor, Truss said that “democracy and freedom are more important than momentary financial interests.”

Earlier, The Telegraph learned that the UK can support Russia's disconnection from SWIFT and sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline; because of the situation around Ukraine.

The Financial Times reported that the EU countries and the UK, with US support, are developing a package of sanctions against new Russian gas projects in the event of an invasion. According to sources of the publication, the measures will be aimed at reducing funding and supply of technology in this area. The newspaper noted that such sanctions could also harm Western companies that invest in Russian gas projects.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to discuss the situation around Ukraine with the Russian President in the coming days Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, Johnson will again state about the “need for Russia to back down and act diplomatically.”

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Times learned about London’s fears because of Russia’s gas supplies to Europe

Times: Britain fears restrictions on Russian gas supplies to Europe due to sanctions British officials believe that sanctions against Russia over Ukraine will lead to a reduction in Russian gas supplies to Europe, which, in turn, will negatively affect prices

The Times learned of London's fears about Russian gas supplies to Europe

British government officials fear that possible Western sanctions against Russia over the situation around Ukraine will lead to a reduction in Russian gas supplies to Europe, The Times reports, citing sources.

According to the newspaper, the British Cabinet expects that in the event of the introduction of sanctions, Russia will be able to use its natural resources as a “weapon” and will limit supplies.

According to the sources of the publication, members of the government previously participated in a meeting at which they assessed how the reduction in supplies would affect the United Kingdom. There is no direct risk of gas shortages, they said, but the conflict will push fuel prices to new record levels.

“Unlike some countries, the UK practically does not import Russian gas, — said one of the interlocutors.— But, like all countries, we are at risk of rising wholesale prices, which will become a serious problem if Russia further restricts supplies.

About half of the gas entering the British market is produced offshore the North Sea, about a third is exported from Norway, the Times notes. The rest— supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Britain's fears are that they will rise in price.

In 2020, the UK received less than 3% of gas from Russia, a government spokesman told the newspaper. Other European countries are much more dependent on Russian fuel, the newspaper writes: the share of deliveries to Germany is about 40%, and countries such as Sweden and Finland are “almost completely dependent on it.”

The EU has previously warned that due to the geopolitical situation, Europe will soon face “unusually high energy prices.” invade” to Ukraine (the Russian authorities have repeatedly denied this). Among the restrictions being considered in the US are — measures against the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

However, the sanctions that Europe will impose in the event of Russian “aggression” will not affect the pipeline, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said. “We in Europe are to a certain extent dependent on energy from Russia. <…> We can't change that overnight if we suddenly need heat and electricity,” — he explained.

The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is sure that Russia will not be able to cut off gas to Europe in response to sanctions, since this is not in the interests of Moscow itself. The Kremlin has repeatedly said that Russia does not use gas as a weapon.

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London threatened Moscow with sanctions without invading Ukraine

Minister Raab: Russia is waiting for sanctions when trying to establish a puppet regime in Ukraine Earlier, the British Foreign Office announced Moscow's intentions to bring to power in Ukraine a leader loyal to her. The Deputy Prime Minister of the country said that in this case there would be “serious consequences” for Russia

Dominic Raab

There will be “very serious consequences” for Russia if it tries to install a “puppet regime” in Ukraine, British Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab told Sky News.

“We will support them [Ukraine] in protecting themselves, as well as the international community, NATO allies in West. We stand shoulder to shoulder and declare that Russia will face very serious consequences if it tries to invade and also establish a puppet regime,— he declared.

At the same time, Raab noted that sending the British military “extremely unlikely” in case of “invasion” Russia. The Deputy Prime Minister, however, recalled that Britain is participating in training programs for Ukrainian military personnel.

Earlier, the British Foreign Office said that, according to its information, the Russian government is looking for an opportunity to bring a leader loyal to Moscow to power in Ukraine. At the same time, the Kremlin is considering the possibility of “invading Ukraine and occupying it,” the ministry added.

One of the possible candidates for this role in the Foreign Ministry was the ex-deputy of the Rada Yevgeny Muraev. In addition, the ministry's message listed the former first vice-premiers of Ukraine Serhiy Arbuzov and Andriy Klyuyev, ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov and ex-deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Volodymyr Sivkovich. They, according to the Foreign Ministry, “keep in touch” with Russian intelligence, including employees “who are now involved in planning an attack on Ukraine.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the statement, calling on “stop spreading nonsense” about the situation around Ukraine. They called the message of the British Foreign Office disinformation and considered it evidence that “it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine.” which has been under Russian sanctions since 2018. “Since 2018, I have been under Russian sanctions due to a conflict with Medvedchuk (chairman of the Opposition Platform“ For Life ”party, loyal to Russia. — RBC). My family's assets have been seized there. As with the British intelligence services and the Foreign Office, this is combined with the fact that Russia allegedly wants to appoint me the head of the “occupation government,” — this is a question for Mr. Bean (the hero of the British comedy series. — RBC)»,— he said.

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