UK lifts sanctions on Friedman’s ex-wife

Friedman's ex-wife Olga Ayziman came under British sanctions, which imply an asset freeze, on April 13. Now London has removed it from the list< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset=" 590w" type="image/webp" >

The British authorities removed the ex-wife of the founder of Alfa Group from the sanctions list; Mikhail Fridman to Olga Aiziman, according to a document on the British government website.

Restrictions were imposed against Aiziman on April 13, and they were lifted on August 3: the document says that her assets are no longer subject to freezing.

< p>Aiziman is also under EU sanctions. In Brussels, justifying their introduction, they said that she was associated with Fridman, who “supported materially or financially and benefited from those responsible for the annexation of Crimea and the destabilization of Ukraine.”

In addition, the sanctions against Aizimani Fridman's daughters Ekaterina and Larisa were imposed by Canada. A businessman living in the UK is also subject to UK, EU and Canadian restrictions. At the end of May, he filed a lawsuit with the European Court in Luxembourg against the EU Council demanding the lifting of sanctions.

Friedman and Aiziman met while studying at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (MISiS, the businessman graduated him in 1986), in marriage they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 2007.

After the introduction of restrictions, Fridman left the board of directors of Alfa-Bank, LetterOne, Veon, X5 Retail Group. He reproached the authors of the sanctions for not understanding Russia, since, according to him, businessmen cannot influence the decisions of the country's leadership on a military operation in Ukraine (he had previously called the conflict itself a tragedy for both peoples). Friedman also noted that he was experiencing problems even with small expenses — for example, paying for cleaning services.

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After the imposition of sanctions, the authorities of European countries began to freeze the property of Russian billionaires. For example, in May, Nice-Matin reported on the arrest of a 580 sq. m. Copab villa in France. m, which, according to him, belongs to the Friedman family. The newspaper wrote that in the 1990s, the property was acquired by Akinita, later renamed SNC COPAB. The material said that until 2015 this company belonged to Aiziman, and then 99% of its shares were transferred to Fridman's daughters.

Forbes estimates Friedman's fortune at $ 13.2 billion.

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