War in Ukraine: the assets of the president of AS Monaco Dmitri Rybolovlev not frozen… for the moment
In response to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the European Union has deployed an arsenal of sanctions, including the freezing of the assets of nearly 400 Russian and Belarusian personalities – which Monaco is applying – with the aim of drying up the funding channels of relatives. of Vladimir Putin. The president of AS Monaco, Dmitri Rybolovlev, does not appear in this blacklist but serenity is not in order, according to his entourage, contacted yesterday. “For the moment Dmitri Rybolovlev is not concerned but we cannot predict the future reactions of Europe, France, FIFA or even UEFA.”
Chelsea president in negotiations but out of play
The president of the ASM would in any case not intend to step back, like the president of Chelsea, Roman Abramovich, who has chosen to delegate the management of the London club to his charitable foundation. .
A president close to Putin who we learned yesterday engaged in talks in favor of peace. The day before, The world had also noted a post from his daughter, Sofia, on Instagram. “The biggest and most successful Kremlin propaganda lie is that most Russians would stand in solidarity with Putin.”
According to his entourage, Dmitri Rybolovlev, him, “has no ties with the Russian political world and no longer has any activities in Russia”. He had also been kicked out of Russian territory by relatives of Putin in the early 2000s, after having made a fortune thanks to the potash trade via his company Uralkali, income at a high price.
If Rybolovlev’s entourage is walking on eggshells, it is because the memory of 2018 in the United States hovers, when the American Congress had – in an unprecedented way – put the name of the president of AS Monaco on a list of 250 “Enemies of America”. He was then suspected of having interfered in the American presidential campaign in favor of Donald Trump, from whom he had bought a house in Florida in 2008 on “rescuing from bankruptcy”.
“A painful situation”
For the time being, Rybolovlev, who also holds a Cypriot passport, is not surrounded financially but, like all Russians, sees his possibilities of movement reduced. A situation “heavy” for the Russian ASM community.
“It is an obviously difficult and very painful situation, which we are following closely. As the manager of a football club, I think the ground that one can imagine being suitable for a confrontation is the sports field. I hope peace will come as soon as possible.” After the match on Sunday, the Russian vice-president of AS Monaco, Oleg Petrov, commented in his own words on the current conflict and the symbolic action of the players of Reims, which caused the kick-off of the match as a protest “against Russian acts of war”.
At this stage, the president of the ASM and the club are not affected, nor the ASM basket whose president, Aleksej Fedoricsev is the boss of Fedcom, world leader in sulfur and fertilizers.