A director at Chelsea Football Club is one of two oligarchs the Foreign Office has sanctioned with an estimated £10 billion asset freeze, the largest in Britain’s history.
The government described the pair as “Russian oligarchs” and longtime business partners of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
The Foreign Office said Eugene Tenenbaum, a director at the West London club, has been hit with an asset freeze alongside David Davidovich.
Mr. Davidovich has been described as “Abramovich’s right-hand man with a much lower profile”.
The Foreign Office said the frozen assets linked to the couple were estimated at a combined total of up to £10billion, the largest asset freeze in Britain’s history.
This brings the total number of oligarchs, family members and associates sanctioned since the start of the war in Ukraine to 106.
Secretary of State Liz Truss said: “We are pulling the ratchet on Putin’s war machine and targeting those closest to the Kremlin. We will continue with sanctions until Putin fails in Ukraine. Nothing and nobody is off the table.”
The Foreign Office said Mr Tenenbaum described himself as one of Mr Abramovich’s closest business partners.
Company documents show that on February 24, immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine, he took control of Evrington Investments Limited, an Abramovich-affiliated investment company.
He is now subject to an asset freeze, the government said.
Mr Davidovich took over Evrington Investments from Mr Tenenbaum in March, the Foreign Office said.
Mr Davidovich is now subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/chelsea-fc-director-eugene-tenenbaum-sanctioned-with-asset-freeze-by-uk-government-amid-oligarchs-clampdown-41554650.html Chelsea FC director Eugene Tenenbaum has been sanctioned by the UK government with an asset freeze in response to the oligarchs’ crackdown