"Suleyman, we are with you": FC Anzhi supports Russian Senator Kerimov arrested in France
On T-shirts it was written: "Suleyman, we are with you."
Football players of Makhachala football club Anzhi (or Anji) found themselves in T-shirts with a portrait of former owner of the club Suleyman Kerimov, who was detained in France on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion, at match against FC Rostov.
On the T-shirts of the Anzhi team players, there was a portrait of Kerimov and slogan "Suleyman, we are with you". Behind the T-shirts was another slogan "We give full backing for you!" The match ended with a score of 2:0 in favor of Rostov.
Recall, Senator Suleyman Kerimov was detained at the French airport on the evening of November 20. Two days later, he was released on bail of 5 million euros and banned from leaving France. The former owner of Anzhi and a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation is accused of "money laundering aggravated by tax evasion".
According to the investigation, Kerimov bought elite real estate on the Cote d'Azur through third parties. Houses were bought much cheaper than their market price, because of which the property tax was significantly reduced.
The Russian authorities said that Suleyman Kerimov is an official and he gets diplomatic immunity. The French side noted that the diplomatic immunity of Kerimov as a Senator extends only to his direct official powers.
Press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov made a statement that the Russian side will make every possible effort to protect Kerimov.