Press service of the Russian businessman Roman Abramovich said that the oligarch does not have access to the funds from the sale of Chelsea and does not participate in the process of their distribution:
“Before the sale of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich announced that he wanted the proceeds to be donated to a charitable foundation for the needs of victims on both sides of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. We are talking exclusively about humanitarian assistance to the population. However, after the sale of the club, the money was never transferred to Abramovich’s account and has since been at the disposal of the British authorities.
A day earlier, it was reported that the British government was close to handing over £2.3 billion received from the sale of FC Chelsea by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to a special fund for financial assistance to Ukraine. This amount is the net proceeds from the sale of the club in 2022.
In the near future, the European Union must approve the holding of money. The amount will go to the account of the fund, which is headed by the former Executive Director of UNICEF in the UK, Mike Penrose. Funds from the fund will be used to restore educational institutions, medical assistance and other areas. All funds will be distributed under the control of the EU.
Some media misspelled, as if it was Abramovich who would give 2.3 billion pounds to Ukraine. These reports were the result of a misinterpretation of the British newspaper The Telegraph, which came out on the eve of the publication.
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