Swiss police suspected Roman Abramovich’s links with the crime and called dangerous to stay in the country
The Federal criminal police office Switzerland (Fedpol) says stay in the country of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich threat to society and reputation. On 25 September, wrote the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.
Fedpol suspect Abramovich of having links with criminal organizations and money laundering. Police did not specify the evidence to suspect Russian billionaire.
In July 2016 Abramovich has submitted an application for a residence permit in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. Immigration authorities have requested the opinion of Fedpol. Then the Federal Agency and stated that the Russian billionaire could cause reputational damage for Switzerland.
Abramovich didn’t want the press to publish these details, so he filed a lawsuit against holding Tamedia and, in particular, editions of the Tages-Anzeiger and Der Bund. The trial took several months and reached the Federal court in Lausanne, which refused to hear the case. Therefore, journalists were able to put this information in the open access only now.
The lawyer of billionaire Daniel Glasl RTVI stated that they are disappointed with the publication of confidential information about Abramovich. Glass added that they will file a complaint with the police against Switzerland responsible for the dissemination of confidential information. He added that “any speculation that Abramovich may be associated with crime — an absolute lie”.
According to Glasl, Fedpol has not provided them with any data that would confirm the relationship of Abramovich with criminal organizations or money laundering. The lawyer said that the police are unable to prove any connection of a billionaire with a crime.
In 2003 Abramovich has bought football club “Chelsea”. Since the early 2000s, he lived in London. After the poisoning of former Russian GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Salisbury, Abramovich has withdrawn the application form for a visa extension in the UK and received Israeli citizenship.