German police break into the home of Russian media oligarch Usmanov

FILEPHOTO.  Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Russian businessman and USM Holdings founder Alisher Usmanov during an awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.  November 27, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS
FILEPHOTO. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Russian businessman and USM Holdings founder Alisher Usmanov during an awards ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. November 27, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – German police raided a Russian citizen on Wednesday morning for alleged sanctions violations, with German media reporting the operation was aimed at oligarch Alisher Usmanov.

The Munich prosecutor said extensive raids had been carried out on the home of a Russian citizen and four other suspects.

Authorities searched 24 properties in four states, including Bavaria, with 250 agents involved in the operation, prosecutors said.

German broadcasters BR and MDR reported that one of the locations targeted by the operation was the village of Usmanov on Lake Tegernsee in the south of the country.

The Russian citizen is suspected of having hired a security company to monitor properties in Upper Bavaria associated with him, even after he was placed on the European Union’s sanctions list, according to the public prosecutor.

According to the statement, the payment he made to this security firm violated the ban on using frozen funds.

Usmanov, who works in a variety of economic sectors, was placed on the western sanctions list after Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

According to Forbes, he has a net worth of $14.6 billion.

(Written by Rachel More; Edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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