London: Knightsbridge estate owned by Russia oligarch attacked by squatters

    London: Knightsbridge mansion owned by Russia oligarch invaded by squatters

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    Riot authorities have actually relocated to safeguard the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (Picture: Getty Images/Reuters/Rex)

    Police are trying to force out squatters who have actually inhabited the main London mansion of a Russian billionaire sanctioned by the UK Government.

    Banners on the multi-million pound property in Belgrave Square, near Knightsbridge, read: ‘This property has been liberated’, Putin go f*** yourself’ and ‘power breed parasites’.

    A Ukrainian flag was also flying from oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s house, after the action began early on Monday morning.

    But in the afternoon, officers from the Metropolitan Police moved in en masse, in an apparent attempt to end the demonstration at the property – which is reportedly worth around £25 million.

    Speaking to from the balcony before riot police and a cherry picker arrived, the activists insisted they would stay until ‘until Putin ends the war’ – with at least 11 police vehicles – some filled with officers – and two police bikes, parked below.

    ‘The only thing standing between refugees being housed here now is the police’, one of four or five activists who has been on the balcony added.

    ‘We are trying for more action, we will do more, we will go further and we we will do bigger’, another said, raising a fist to show their opposition to the war.

    Metropolitan Police officers lined up en masse outside the property (Picture: Getty Images)

    Police officers enter the mansion reportedly belonging to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who was placed on Britain's sanctions list last week, as squatters occupy it, in Belgravia, London, Britain, March 14, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

    Police officers get in the estate on Monday (Picture: Reuters)

    Police later on released a JCB crane to access the veranda of the London estate.

    A fan might be heard screaming from the street: ‘F*** the police, f*** JCB, f*** craning companies.’

    Two of the protesters attempted to made a barrier from potted bushes to obstruct 2 officers who had actually reached the veranda of a neighbouring structure by crane.

    They then shared a beverage from a single glass while one guy sang: ‘I’ ve had the time of my life’, from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.

    A protestor attempts to press away a ladder being utilized by law enforcement officer (Picture: Reuters)
    Some questioned whether the reaction was an excellent usage of authorities resources (Picture: Reuters)

    In a tweet, the Met stated: ‘Specialist officers are at the scene and are considering the appropriate next steps. These will be within legislation, taking into account the safety of officers and those inside and considering the large and complex nature of this property.’

    Mr Deripaska has stakes in energy and metals business En+ Group and has actually required peace inUkraine


    He is among the 7 Russian oligarchs with service empires, wealth and connections that are carefully related to the Kremlin who have actually been approved by the UK Government, consisting of RomanAmbramovich


    Mr Deripaska, believed to be among Russia’s wealthiest business owners, tweeted this weekend: ‘I remain committed to my belief that an immediate ceasefire and peace agreement as soon as humanly possible is the best and only solution to stop this madness in Ukraine.’

    One Belgrave Square neighbour with a Russian accent decreased to comment when inquired about the action byMetro

    Police officers speak to squatters who are occupying a mansion reportedly belonging to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who was placed on Britain's sanctions list last week, in Belgravia, London, Britain, March 14, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

    Police officers talk to squatters from a cherry picker (Picture: Reuters)
    Police officers are monitoring the group, who have a banner which checks out: ‘Putin go f*** yourself’ (Picture: PA)

    Another, who operates at number 7, close to Mr Deripaska at number 5, stated he supported the presentation.

    Rudolph Borges, a Londoner initially from India, discussed: ‘I concur with the protesters, we need to reveal uniformity with all the people.

    ‘I am a peace person so I agree.’

    He included that there are Qataris, Indians, English and Russians living on this street which Sanjeev Gupta, a steel merchant and among the UK’s wealthiest guys, likewise survives on the roadway, which is stacked with multi-million pound residential or commercial properties.

    In a declaration published by the Resist London group, the obvious occupiers stated: ‘By occupying the mansion, we want to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but also the people of Russia who never agreed to this madness.’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin with magnate Oleg Deripaska in 2013 (Picture: Reuters)

    They likewise commemorated protesters withstanding Putin in Russia and implicated UK elites of being ‘Putin’ s minions’.

    The Metropolitan Police stated in a declaration previously: ‘Police were called quickly after 1am on Monday, 14 March to a home in Belgrave Square, SW1.

    ‘Officers went to and discovered that a variety of individuals had actually acquired entry and hung banners from upstairs windows.

    ‘Officers remain at the location.’

    But some social networks users questioned whether the authorities reaction was an excellent usage of resources, and kept in mind the meaning of putting officers in to safeguard a billionaire’s home when poorer Londoners grumble about being not able to get an authorities reaction to criminal offenses in their location.

    It follows cabinet minister Michael Gove stated he wishes to ‘explore an option’ of utilizing approved people’ residential or commercial properties to home Ukrainian refugees.

    Asked about reports in the Daily Mail that he want to take Russian oligarchs’ estates and utilize them to accommodate individuals getting away the war, he informed the BBC’s Sunday Morning program: ‘I want to explore an option which would allow us to use the homes and properties of sanctioned individuals – as long as they are sanctioned – for humanitarian and other purposes.’

    He included: ‘There’ s rather a high legal bar to cross and we’re not speaking about long-term confiscation.

    ‘But we are stating: “you’re sanctioned, you’re supporting Putin, this home is here, you have no right to use or profit from it – and more than that, while you are not using or profiting from it, if we can use it in order to help others, let’s do that”.’

    Another message states: ‘This property has been liberated’ (Picture: PA)

    But on Monday, Sajid Javid recommended that real estate Ukrainian refugees in the estates of Russian oligarchs might deal with some ‘legal hurdles’.

    The Health Secretary was asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain whether your houses need to be the top place thought about.

    He stated: ‘Not the first place – I don’ t believe it would be useful to make them the top place– however I do understand that that is something that my buddy Michael Gove is taking a look at.

    ‘I think there’ ll be some legal obstacles to attempt and do that, however it’s ideal that he looks broadly to see how we can house increasingly more Ukrainian refugees.’

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