Two dozen websites in Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg are being searched, Munich prosecutors stated in assertion. They’re probing a Russian citizen who’s on the sanctions listing. Whereas no names the place disclosed, the goal is Usmanov, an individual acquainted with the matter stated. Lots of of officers from varied tax and police departments are concerned.
German information media reported that Usmanov was focused for tax evasion.
“The truth that these claims have solely now emerged raises the respectable query concerning the explanation for such an assault in opposition to a law-abiding taxpayer,” a spokesperson for Usmanov stated. “Any allegations of tax evasion by Mr Usmanov are unfounded, false and damaging to his honour, dignity and fame, which Mr Usmanov will defend by all disposable authorized means.”
Der Spiegel reported the raids earlier.
Usmanov is being investigated for sanctions violation as a result of he allegedly saved and paid safety workers to take care of a luxurious compound in Bavaria, in response to the assertion. The staffers are additionally being investigated.
Usmanov (69) owns a significant stake in USM, a Russian funding group with holdings in Metalloinvest, one of many world’s largest iron ore producers, and telecommunications firm MegaFon. He has a fortune of $17.8-billion, in response to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
German authorities beforehand impounded Usmanov’s superyacht, Dilbar, after figuring out it was legally owned by his sister, Gulbakhor Ismailova, who can be topic to Western sanctions over the conflict in Europe. He has appealed the European Union sanctions on the EU’s Normal Court docket in April.
A distinct sister of the metals tycoon, Saodat Narzieva, was faraway from the bloc’s sanctions listing following a authorized problem.
Individually, Frankfurt prosecutors stated they raided a 71-year-old Russian over cash laundering allegations with out figuring out the person.