The federal police searched 24 houses and apartments of the Russian billionaire Alischer Usmanow nationwide on Wednesday morning – including at least one villa in Rottach-Egern on Lake Tegernsee. Usmanov is one of the richest oligarchs and belongs to the inner circle of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The “Spiegel” reports on this. It should therefore go to allegations of violations of the Foreign Trade Act, tax evasion and money laundering.

According to the report, 250 emergency services were involved in the searches. Usmanov is on the EU sanctions list and is said to be currently in Uzbekistan. At times he is said to have lived at Tegernsee. Apparently, Usmanow was also once registered in Munich’s Bogenhausen district.

As the “Spiegel” reports, employees of the Federal Criminal Police Office have compiled countless suspicious activity reports in recent months. It is said to be about transactions related to Usmanov. It’s money laundering.

There is also an allegation of tax evasion. Between 2014 and 2022, Usmanow is said to have evaded income and gift tax of up to 555 million euros, according to the “Spiegel” report.

Usmanov made his billions from steel and the media. His name appeared in the revelations surrounding the Panama Papers. Even then, the suspicion arose that Usmanov might have concealed high profits through offshore accounts.

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