Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has traveled to Kyiv to try to restart peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, according to a report – just days after another $7 billion of his assets were frozen.
Abramovich has banded together with Ukrainian government officials to try to restart talks that broke down after Russia’s retreat from kyiv revealed evidence of atrocities against civilians, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday.
The Russian billionaire – whose ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin date back to the 1990s – began acting as an informal broker in the war in late February, taking part in a series of face-to-face meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, which ended March 29.
But since then there have been few encouraging signs of a peaceful end to the crisis that began when Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine on February 24 – and international pressure on Abramovich and other members of the Russian elite has only increased.
The Channel Island of Jersey, a well-known tax haven renowned for attracting foreign investors, last week became one of the latest entities to target the oligarch’s wealth, freezing $7 billion in assets.
The French government has also seized 12 residences belonging to the billionaire in recent days, including a historic $120million home on the luxurious French Riviera that was home to King Edward VIII after he abdicated the British throne to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936.
Abramovich’s fleet of five superyacht ships – including the $600 million Solaris and the $700 million Eclipse – have been dodging European ports for weeks to keep the ships out of the hands of authorities, and l he former oil baron went begging Hollywood and power-brokers to help him pay his bills, The Post reported.
A representative for Abramovich told Bloomberg News the oligarch was not in Kyiv but declined further comment.