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Michael Gove supports the seizure of Russian oligarchs’ mansions to house Ukrainian refugees

Promotion Minister Michael Gove confirms he is promoting the homes of Kremlin super-rich allies to be seized for ‘humanitarian’ purposes

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Michael Gove advocates using oligarchs’ mansions to house Ukrainian refugees

A top Tory person said he wants to use the homes of Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the British government to house Ukrainian refugees.

Promotion Minister Michael Gove confirmed he is pushing for the villas of the Kremlin’s super-rich allies to be seized for “humanitarian” purposes.

The UK has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on a host of wealthy Russians, including Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

Mr Gove acknowledged that a “high legal requirement” needed to be met but made clear he was urging tougher action.

“I wanted to explore an option that would allow us to use the homes and properties of sanctioned individuals – as long as they are sanctioned – for humanitarian and other purposes,” he told the chapter. BBC’s Sunday Morning program.

“There are a lot of regulatory hurdles to overcome and we’re not talking about permanent forfeiture.






Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been affected by UK Government sanctions (Image by Paul Gilham / Getty Images)

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“But we are saying: ‘you are punished, you are supporting Putin, this house is here, you have no right to use it or profit from it – and moreover, while you are not using or collecting it. benefit from it, if we can use it to help others, let’s do it’.”

Mr Gove is said to have raised the issue at the Cabinet two weeks ago but he has faced opposition from some of Boris Johnson’s top teams.

One critic told the Mail on Sunday that the plan was “legally unfeasible” and described it as “the politics of gestures better suited to a banana republic”.

But Tory senior curator Simon Hoare showed his support for the idea on Sunday, tweeting “Good”, alongside Mr Gove’s comment.

Lib Dem Interior Ministry spokesman Alistair Carmichael also welcomed the move, but said the government was “moving so slowly that they risk leaving Kremlin-linked oligarchs stranded”.







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He added: “So far the government has sanctioned only 18 oligarchs, less than a day since the invasion.

“At this rate, there won’t be any oligarchs’ mansions left to usurp – they’ll all sell out and flee the country.”

Mr Abramovich and six other elite Russians were added to the UK’s sanctions list on Thursday.

The Chelsea owner has a multi-million pound property portfolio in the UK, as does industrialist Oleg Deripaska, who was also sanctioned.

Under the new restrictions, their assets have been frozen and they are banned from the UK.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss also confirmed sanctions against 386 Russian lawmakers who voted to recognize rebel-held Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

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