Uzbekistan-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov was sanctioned by the British government as part of moves to pressure Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
Foreign Minister Liz Truss announced a “total asset freeze and travel ban” on Usmanov, including the confiscation of two properties worth an estimated £48m: Beechwood House in Highgate and the 16th-century Sutton Place property in Surrey.
Usmanov was sanctioned along with former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who saw the purchase of two £11m worth of central London properties that played a key role in Russia’s successful 2018 World Cup bid.
“Our message to Putin and his allies was clear from day one – invading Ukraine will have serious and crippling economic consequences,” Truss said.
“Imposing sanctions on Usmanov and Shuvalov sends a clear message that we will hit oligarchs and individuals closely associated with the Putin regime and its barbaric war. We will not stop there. Our goal is to paralyze the Russian economy and starve Putin’s war machine. »
Usmanov did not comment on the British sanctions, but described European Union sanctions as “restrictive and unfair” as he stepped down as head of the International Fencing Federation on Tuesday.
The statement included the following statements: “On February 28, 2022, I became the target of the restrictive measures brought by the European Union.
“I believe that such a decision was unfair and that the justifications given to justify the sanctions were a series of false and defamatory allegations that damaged my honor, my reputation and my company’s reputation.
NEW SANCTIONS IN RUSSIA: Britain imposed more sanctions on the main oligarchs. These Putin partners are now cut off from their key interests in the UK.
— Office of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth of Nations and Development (@FCDOGovUK) March 3, 2022
“I will use all legal means to protect my honor and reputation. As President of the International Fencing Federation, I suspend my duties with immediate effect until justice is restored. »
Everton contacted Sky Sports News for comment.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who announced Wednesday that he would sell the west London club, was not on the sanctions list.
The sanctions came a day after Everton suspended all commercial and sponsorship activities with Usmanov’s companies, USM, Megafon and Yota, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Everton will also remove all USM-related signs and messages from around the club and training grounds. Megaphone had sponsored the club’s women’s jerseys, but they will now be rebranded.
The matchday schedule for the Toffees’ FA Cup draw against Boreham Wood has also been reprinted without reference to the Russian-backed sponsorship. Sky Sports News He knows that the entire rebranding will cost the club around £500,000.
Global condemnation of Russia’s actions, along with global sports federations proclaiming bans on Russian and Belarusian athletes, has led to global pressure on the country’s ties to sports.
The Russian Football Union announced that it will apply to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the decisions of FIFA and UEFA banning the participation of Russian national teams in international competitions.
Full of tributes to Goodison | Lampard and Everton rallied around Mykolenko
Everton manager Frank Lampard emphasized that the club stands behind Vitaliy Mykolenko, who started as Toffees captain in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Boreham Wood in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Players and officials from both sides unfurled a banner in Ukrainian colors before kick-off, with the message ‘Imagine everyone sharing everyone’, and Goodison Park was filled with tributes for the game.
The players of both teams warmed up with jerseys, saying “We support Ukraine” as Mykolenko took the field with the Ukrainian flag.
Speaking after the match, Lampard said: “In terms of praise, I think as a club we try to do it right and right, and I think we did that in our two home games about Vitaliy and what’s going on in the world.”
Mykolenko moved from Dynamo Kiev to Goodison Park in January and made headlines this week, denouncing Russian captain Artem Dzyuba and his teammates for keeping quiet about the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Lampard revealed about Usmanov’s involvement with the club that the Russian billionaire was not part of the process of hiring him as head coach at the end of January.
Lampard has defended the club’s actions since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, highlighting Everton’s respect for Ukraine ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Manchester City as a good example of clubwork.
“These reports are not true,” Lampard said when asked if he played a role in Usmanov’s hiring. “My interview was with the board, with Chairman (Bill Kenwright) Mr. (Farhad) Moshiri, CEO Denise (Barrett-Baxendale) and others – but not with Mr. Usmanov. So in that sense it is not correct.