The billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, has been barred from living in the United Kingdom, local media reports.
This followed a revelation by Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, that he’s one of the 35 oligarchs who are enablers of President Vladimir Putin.
According to reports, immigration officials are “under clear instruction to work towards ensuring Mr Abramovich cannot base himself in the UK” despite owning a £125million mansion near Kensington Palace.
According to DailyMail, Abramovic who denies he is close to the Kremlin or has done anything that would merit sanctions being imposed against him has not been seen at the club for months.
Having secured Israeli citizenship in 2018, allowing him to enter Britain for up to six months, Abramovic Israeli passport last October to make a short trip to London.
The Sun, quoting a senior source, reported that any attempt by the oligarch to apply for a permanent visa would “almost certainly be rejected”.
Meanwhile, Abramovic could be stripped of his ownership of World Champions, Chelsea Football Club.
This comes as Labour Minister of Parliament, Chris Bryant, called for the seizure of his assets as part of sanctions against Russia.