According to The Guardian, the Swiss police are investigating the owner of the London "Chelsea" Roman Abramovich. The Russian businessman is suspected of money laundering and liaison with criminal entities. Law enforcers of the country of banks, watches and cheese, thus, consider Abramovich a threat to the security of the country.
The former governor of Chukotka tried to move from England, where he had not been extended a business visa, to Switzerland. However, he was denied a residence permit in this country.
Daniel Glaze, the lawyer of the businessman, in response to allegations against his client said:
- Any suggestion that Mr. Abramovich has links with criminal organizations and participated in money laundering is false. Mr. Abramovich does not have a criminal record; he was never accused of such things.
Against the background of the investigation in England, rumors of the sale of "Chelsea" by Abramovich again appeared. The main contender for the purchase of the London club is believed to be the English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, whose previous attempt to purchase "retirees" was unsuccessful. According to media reports, Abramovich is ready to sell the club for 3.3 billion pounds, although official representatives of the Russian businessman had previously rejected the possibility of selling the club as a matter of principle.