Roman Abramovich Visa Renewal Delayed

Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich

There is a compelling, two-word explanation for why Roman Abramovich is apparently having difficulties renewing his British visa: Vladimir Putin.

 Abramovich was unable to watch his Chelsea team’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley because his investor’s visa expired last month . His private Boeing jet has not been back to the UK since 1 April.

 His representatives have said merely, and tactfully, that the process is taking a little longer than usual.

 The government signalled it was reviewing tier 1 investor visas, given to nearly 700 wealthy Russians between 2008 and 2015. Abramovich is one of them. Other oligarchs – some famous names, some lesser known mid-ranking businessmen – will be wondering if they too can expect visa trouble.

 The delay appears to be the result of a new, tougher stance against Russian nationals by the British authorities in the wake of the attempted murder in March of the Russian former spy Sergei Skripal
and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Relations between London and Moscow are once again in the deep freeze.


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