Investigations: Violation of EU sanctions – search of Putin supporters

The EU has imposed sanctions on Putin supporters. An oligarch could have violated these. Nationwide, 24 objects were searched.

In the course of Investigations against a Russian because breach of EU sanctions 24 houses and apartments were searched nationwide on Wednesday. Among other things, this is one Villa at Tegernseewho are loyal to the Kremlin Oligarch Alisher Usmanov should belong.

The Munich II public prosecutor’s office did not confirm the suspect’s identity, but eyewitnesses observed emergency services who searched the building in Rottach-Egern in the morning. There were further searches with a total of around 250 officers in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg.

Suspicion: violations of foreign trade law

According to the investigators, the Russian is suspected of having spent frozen funds to pay for the guarding of his property in Upper Bavaria. There is therefore the initial suspicion of a Violation of the Foreign Trade Act, according to the authority. Four other suspects are being investigated for aiding and abetting. They are said to have acted as guards and received money for it.

Officials from the federal police, the local police and the tax authorities of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia were also involved in the action. Previously, the “Spiegel”, the Bavarian Radio and the Central German Radio had reported.

Usmanov served as a straw man for Putin

Usmanov is considered a close supporter of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and its Ukraine policy. The European Union therefore imposed sanctions a few days after Russia attacked the neighboring country on February 28. The resolution states that Usmanov served as a straw man for Putin and solved his business problems. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, people repeatedly demonstrated in front of the oligarch’s villa in Rottach-Egern.

Because of the sanctions the authorities had also in April the luxury yacht “Dibar” fixed, which is the most expensive yacht in the world with an estimated value of more than 500 million euros. The owner is said to be Usmanow’s sister. On Wednesday night, the boat was moved from Hamburg to Bremen by tugs from the dry dock of a shipyard. (dpa)

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