Italian authorities arrested 11 villas of Russian billionaire Vyacheslav Kantorincluding those purchased from the family of the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. About it reported by L’Unione Sarda.
The Council of Europe ordered the confiscation of Kantor’s assets in April, when personal sanctions were imposed against him. However, due to the complex ownership scheme, the process was only completed in August.
According to the publication, the villas are located in Porto Rotondo, on the northeast coast of Sardinia.
One of them borders on the summer Berlusconi’s Certosa residence. In addition, some of the arrested villas were once bought from the family of an Italian politician. In particular, “Primavera” previously belonged to Berlusconi’s mother, and “Dolce Drago” – to his younger brother Paolo.
MK.Ru, 09/01/2022, “Russian billionaire Vyacheslav Kantor lost 11 villas in Italy”: L’Unione Sarda, citing sources close to Kantor, reports that Ukrainians who fled from hostilities lived in the house in Punta Lada for some time. The publication explains this by the fact that the wife of the Russian billionaire, Anna Kantor, is Ukrainian by origin. — Inset K.ru
Lenta.Ru, 09/01/2022, “11 villas of a Russian billionaire arrested in Italy”: The billionaire himself did not constantly live in his villas. Vyacheslav Kantor enters Forbes list of Russian billionaires. Previously, he was awarded the Order of Merit for the Italian Republic, the French Order of the Legion of Honor and the Ukrainian Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise. The businessman is also the president of the European Jewish Congress. The organization opposed sanctions against the billionaire, calling him “a respected leader who has dedicated his life to the security and well-being of European Jewish communities and the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.” — Inset K.ru
Early April EU and UK introduced personal sanctions against Kantor. At that time he owned a controlling stake manufacturer of mineral fertilizers “Akron”. In June, the billionaire got rid of control in a chemical company, transferring a 45.1% stake to three top managers.
An Akron spokesman declined to comment.
After the imposition of sanctions, the authorities of European countries began to freeze the property of Russian billionaires.
In the Kremlin called these steps are “banditry at the international level” and “the collapse of private property and private business.”