Oligarch Alisher Usmanov ‘flees to palace in Uzbekistan’

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Sanctioned oligarch Alisher Usmanov is believed to have fled to his lavish palace in his native Uzbekistan.

The former major Arsenal shareholder, who faces European assets seized since Putin invaded Ukraine, reportedly fled one of his homes in Germany earlier this week.

Flight records reveal that his personal Airbus A340-300 flew Monday evening from Munich International Airport to Tashkent, the capital of impoverished Uzbekistan.

Alisher Usmanov photographed his wife as they arrived for the Bolshoi Theater reopening ceremony in Moscow in 2011

The plane took off at 7:20 p.m. Central European time, about five hours after sanctions were supposed to limit Usmanov’s travel to the European Union.

Russian sources suggest Usmanov, 68, has a luxury palace in Tashkent where he can relax, knowing it is a home that can never be seized by Western governments.

MailOnline has unearthed a video which claims to show the luxurious interior and exterior of his native mansion.

The property is believed to be in the steppes of the authoritarian and impoverished Central Asian country, of which Usmanov is the wealthiest scion.

Russian sources suggest Usmanov, 68, has a luxury palace in Tashkent where he can relax, knowing it is a home that can never be seized by Western governments.

Russian sources suggest Usmanov, 68, has a luxury palace in Tashkent where he can relax, knowing it is a home that can never be seized by Western governments.

It features vast vaulted ceilings, curved staircases, a selection of giant reception rooms, arched doorways, a large indoor pool, gym, massage room, sauna, steam room, cinema and meeting rooms. meeting.

It is amply furnished with ornate plasterwork, antique and gold-plated furniture, tasteful nude paintings, plush sofas, crystal light fixtures, display cases for treasures, and opulent rugs on tiled floors.

An underground garage provides parking for a fleet of Mercedes cars and the grounds include extensive terraces overlooked by balconies.

Sources say the under-fire billionaire Usmanov has recently lived in his Tashkent mansion more than his homes in Britain, Germany and Russia where he has close ties to Putin’s regime.

It is known that he has recently increased his investments and charitable activities in Uzbekistan.

He even reportedly loaned a private plane to his friend Shavkat Mirziyoyev, 64, the country’s president.

News site arstechnicca.com, which unearthed evidence that Usmanov’s plane was stolen, said: “It is possible that the plane was empty apart from the crew, although it possibly carrying a passenger looking to get out of town quickly.”

“The brown and white jet, named Burkhan, belongs to Alisher Usmanov, who is known for visiting spas in the Bavarian Alps.

“At the time of takeoff, the Russian oligarch had been banned from traveling to the European Union five hours earlier.”

The property is believed to be in the steppes of the authoritarian and impoverished Central Asian country, which has Usmanov as its wealthiest offspring.

The property is believed to be in the steppes of the authoritarian and impoverished Central Asian country, which has Usmanov as its wealthiest offspring.

The metals and minerals magnate Usmanov is believed not to have been seen for some time at his £48million Beechwood House in Highgate, north London, or his 16th-century Sutton Place estate in Surrey.

He was rumored in recent weeks to seek a private buyer for Beechwood House as the threat of sanctions against him loomed should Putin continue his invasion of Ukraine.

The UK government on Thursday night imposed a comprehensive asset freeze and travel ban on Usmanov and fellow oligarch Igor Shuvalov because of their “close ties to the Kremlin”.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “Our message to Putin and his allies has been clear from day one – invading Ukraine would have severe and crippling economic consequences.”

“Sanctioning Usmanov and Shuvalov sends a clear message that we will hit the oligarchs and individuals closely associated with Putin’s regime and his barbaric war.

‘We won’t stop here. Our goal is to cripple the Russian economy and starve Putin’s war machine.

Usmanov is said to be a close ally and deal-maker for Putin and has in the past spoken of his pride in his friendship with the Russian leader, saying: “The fact that not everyone likes him n That’s not Putin’s problem.”

Usmanov’s front company bought second-grade listed Beechwood House from the Emir of Qatar for a cut price of £48m in 2008 after it went on the market for £65m. The purchase was shrouded in secrecy, with only one published photo of the estate released.

MailOnline has unearthed a video which claims to show the luxurious interior and exterior of his native country's mansion

MailOnline has unearthed a video which claims to show the luxurious interior and exterior of his native country’s mansion

A property expert commenting at the time said: ‘It’s beautiful.

Land records show that the Regency style mansion which was built in 1840 has been owned since March 2008 by an Isle of Man registered company called Hanley Limited.

Company records suggest the company, registered in Douglas, was dissolved last October, shrouding in mystery the exact owner of the eight-bedroom home.

His ties to Putin go beyond business as his wife, gymnastics coach Irina Viner, 73, helped Putin’s alleged mistress Alina Kabaeva win a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.

Irina, known as the longtime doyenne of Russian rhythmic gymnastics, reportedly stayed at Beechwood House last November.

She was there with Usmanov’s nephew Sarvar Ismailov, 26, manager of Everton FC until his resignation in November for “personal and health reasons”.

An assault case against Ismailov was dropped in December, ahead of a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Kabaeva heads a major pro-Kremlin media group and there are unconfirmed suggestions that she has a young family.

Putin once said: “I have a private life in which I don’t allow any interference.” It must be respected. He deplores “those who, with their snotty noses and their erotic fantasies, lurk in the lives of others”.

Kabaeva has publicly stated that she met a man whom “I like very much”.

She gushed: “Sometimes you feel so happy you’re even scared.”

The plane took off at 7:20 p.m. Central European time, about five hours after sanctions were supposed to limit Usmanov's travel to the European Union.

The plane took off at 7:20 p.m. Central European time, about five hours after sanctions were supposed to limit Usmanov’s travel to the European Union.

Her close confidante Irina said: “When Alina finds the right moment, she will say it herself. I’m just happy for her.

Usmanov has come under media fire in Russia with repeated attempts to link him to Dmitry Medvedev, the former Kremlin speaker and former prime minister who is now deputy head of Russia’s Security Council.

Usmanov has repeatedly denied any inappropriate connections. The latest case suggested that one of three houses linked to it on the shores of scenic Lake Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps was used by former Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva, wife of the ex-president.

A house on the lake – described as his personal property, with its own boathouse – was purchased through Tegernsee (IOM) Limited (Isle of Man) and rebuilt at a cost of 20 million euros, has reported the channel VCHK-OGPU.

The channel said: “According to the neighbors of the oligarch, he is usually accompanied by 7 or 8 bodyguards, as well as drivers, servants, [and] cooks.

“Usmanov did not want to live with them in the same household and bought a nearby villa (on Forellenstrasse) for servants at a price of 6.5 million euros.

“The house was to be demolished and replaced with a new building.”

It is a third house in which Medvedev’s wife was seen, according to the channel. The VCHK-OGPU channel also reported that European authorities faced “big problems” trying to tie Usmanov’s European properties to it.

A source said: ‘His yacht, his plane, his three houses in Germany, are issued to offshore companies, and even if one ‘digs into’ all the corporate chains on which data has been ‘leaked’, you will not find a direct link to Usmanov and his companies.

Usmanov (pictured) has come under fire from the media in Russia with repeated attempts to link him to Dmitry Medvedev

Usmanov (pictured) has come under fire from the media in Russia with repeated attempts to link him to Dmitry Medvedev

“Officially, Usmanov rents houses, a yacht and an airplane from these offshore companies. He has all the necessary documents.

“All of these issues will be resolved in court and I doubt they will be easy for the European authorities.”

Everton suspended all commercial and sponsorship activities with companies in which Usmanov was a majority shareholder; USM and Megafon, sky sports reported.

This also includes Yota, the Russian smartphone company that sponsored Everton Women and is part of the MegaFon group.

Usmanov has been considered an influential figure at Everton since his longtime business partner Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9 per cent stake six years ago.

The 68-year-old USM Holdings paid £12m a year to sponsor the club’s training ground and announced in 2020 a £30m deal for a future naming rights option on the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which will not open until at least 2024.

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