Ex-Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov has also been sanctioned
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has sanctioned Uzbekistan-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, with the 68-year-old’s commercial links to Everton football club suspended.
As reported by the PA news agency, Usmanov and former Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov have both been sanctioned.
#Breaking Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has sanctioned Uzbekistan-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, whose commercial links to Everton football club have been suspended, and former Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov, the PA news agency understands pic.twitter.com/UT5yoC1gWn
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Usmanov recently had all of his assets frozen by the European Union as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
His company – USM Holdings – sponsor Everton’s training ground and also have exclusive naming-rights to the Toffee’s new stadium.
The former Arsenal shareholder saw restrictions imposed on him which included a “prohibition from making funds available” as well as an EU travel ban.
MP Chris Bryant called for Everton to sever their ties with Usmanov, who is a long-time business associate of Farhad Moshiri – the Toffees’ owner.
Moshiri was named by the EU as one of a number of the businessmen sanctioned for apparent ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
More to follow…