Roman Abramovich, the wealthy owner of Chelsea, "has been effectively BARRED from living in Britain"... after being identified as one of Vladimir Putin's "major accomplices."

Following criticism from Russian oligarchs, he withdrew his Tier 1 visa application in 2018. 

According to reports, he is unlikely to be allowed to live in the United Kingdom again. 

Officials are apparently being told to make it impossible for Mr. Abramovich to set up shop in the United Kingdom. 

Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea, is said to have been effectively forbidden from ever returning to the United Kingdom. 

The billionaire hasn't been spotted at Stamford Bridge, his Premier League football club's home in south-west London, in months. 

In 2018, he withdrew his application for a British Tier 1 investment visa, citing delays in his application as a result of the Salisbury poisonings and subsequent condemnation of Russian oligarchs.

It comes after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny branded Mr Abramovich as one of 35 oligarchs designated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as "major supporters" of the country's president Vladimir Putin's "kleptocracy." 

He firmly rejects any ties to the Kremlin or any actions that would justify penalties against him, as Britain considers imposing sanctions on Russia in the wake of growing tensions with Ukraine. 

Mr. Abramovich became an Israeli citizen in 2018, allowing him to visit the UK for up to six months. 

In October of last year, he traveled to London using his Israeli passport.

Any attempt by the oligarch to seek for a permanent visa, according to a senior source, would 'very probably be rejected.' 

Mr. Abramovich is worth an estimated £8.4 billion. 

In addition to his extensive real estate holdings, he also owns a number of superyachts, notably the £450 million Solaris, which is equipped with a missile detection system. 

Mr. Abramovich has never had British citizenship and gained his fortune by selling assets acquired from the Soviet Union when it disintegrated.

With the support of Jose Mourinho, he joined at Chelsea in 2003 and converted the squad from outside challengers to Premier League giants. 

On Tuesday, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran read out a list in the House of Commons that included Mr Abramovich's name with that of other billionaires such as Arsenal investor Alisher Usmanov.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss refused to clarify whether Mr Abramovich would face sanctions, but she implied that others would. 

'We have a big list of persons who are complicit in the Russian leadership's conduct,' she said. 

'Should Russia refuse to withdraw its soldiers, we can keep ratcheting up the pressure, targeting additional banks, elites, and major corporations.' 

'This is about putting pain on Putin and gradually destroying the Russian economic structure, with a focus on Putin's close associates.' We need to make it as unpleasant as possible.' 

Mr Johnson met with senior City executives yesterday to discuss how to increase sanctions against Russian businesses and individuals with ties to the Kremlin.

Ministers are also devising strategies to prevent the Kremlin from borrowing on UK financial markets. 

The 'flood of illicit money' entering the UK from Russia, according to Tory MP Bob Seely, is 'damaging' the country. 

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's leader, said it was time to put an end to the "period of oligarch impunity" and ensure that "our country will no longer be homes for their riches." 

Mr Johnson agreed that many people want things to go faster, but he stressed the importance of doing it in a coordinated international manner. 

'It's crucial to remember that all of these safeguards are more successful when all financial centers work together, which is exactly what the UK has been doing,' he said.

Source: dailymail

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