The Western sanctions spoil the luxury life of some Russian oligarchs. Now four entrepreneurs have filed a lawsuit in the General Court of the European Union. Including billionaire Roman Abramovich.
Villas, private jets and luxury yachts: With the Western sanctions against the Russian elite after the start of the war of aggression against Ukraine, billions in the assets of Russian super-rich were fixed. The West accuses the sanctioned oligarchs of supporting President Vladimir Putin’s government.
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has now filed a lawsuit in the General Court of the European Union, the Wall Street Journal reports. He denies supporting the Ukraine war economically and calls for the EU sanctions imposed on him to be lifted.
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Abramovich, who also has Portuguese citizenship, claims in his lawsuit that the sanctions violate his fundamental rights, which should be protected by the EU, according to the report. He is demanding damages and a payment of one million US dollars to a charitable foundation.
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According to the report, in addition to Abramovich, the oligarchs Alisher Usmanow (owns several properties on Lake Tegernsee), Mikhail Fridman and Pjotr Awen are also complaining. The latter had already complained in March that he could no longer pay his cleaning lady due to the sanctions. According to Bloomberg, Awen has a net worth of $5.6 billion
The documents had already arrived at the EuG in April, the report goes on to say. Hearings have not yet been scheduled. According to experts, the lawsuits would have little success. The European Union could, if necessary, re-justify the sanctions against the oligarchs.
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