Abramovich faces UK visa ‘delay’

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Chelsea Soccer club owner Roman Abramovich has experienced delays in renewing his UNITED KINGDOM visa, the BBC understands.

The Russian billionaire failed to attend Saturday’s FA Cup last at Wembley when the Blues defeat Manchester United 1-0.

A source close to the 51-year-old suggested this individual was in the process of renewing his visa for australia, and said it was taking a longer period of time than usual.

Mentioned the visa, Security Minister Bill Wallace said: “We do not regularly comment on individual cases. ”

Mr Abramovich’s office mentioned it does not discuss personal matters using the media.

Reports recommend his investor visa expired 3 weeks ago.

The particular delay comes amid increased diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Ruskies spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

BBC home matters correspondent, Daniel Sandford said Mister Abramovich appears to be able to run their businesses in Russia without substantial interference from the Kremlin, suggesting which he is reasonably close to President Vladimir Putin.

But he stated it was not clear if the delay within renewing his visa is in in whatever way linked to the deterioration in relations between two countries.

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Media caption The Chelsea football club owner’s visa expired 3 weeks ago

Mr Abramovich, who seem to made his fortune in gas and oil in the 1990s, became owner from the companies that control Chelsea within 2003.

According to the Weekend Times Rich List, he is Britain’s 13th-richest man, with a net really worth of £ 9. 3bn.

He owns a estate on Kensington Palace Gardens, the priciest street in London.

Mr Abramovich is also the former chief excutive of the remote Chukotka region within Russia’s Far East.

He’s been a regular visitor to the UNITED KINGDOM since buying Chelsea, attending most of the home matches, and has been to Wembley for previous cup finals.

His private Boeing 767 left the UK on 1 04. It has since travelled to Moscow, New York, Monaco and Switzerland yet does not seem to have returned in order to Britain.

Who is Roman Abramovich?

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Image caption Mr Abramovich (right) has frequently been spotted at Chelsea’s Restaurant stamford grand Bridge ground
  • The particular 51-year-old is one of Russia’s wealthiest billionaires
  • He reportedly offered dolls before making his fortune within oil during the perestroika years within the 1990s
  • Mr Abramovich was obviously a one-time business partner of the past due tycoon Boris Berezovky, an associate associated with former Russian President Boris Yeltsin
  • Critics say the two business men used their Kremlin “family” connections to acquire key state companies with regard to below market value
  • Abramovich offered as governor of Russia’s Chukotka region
  • He is considered to be close to current Russian President Vladimir Putin
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