Police searched French villa of oligarch Suleiman Kerimov
Local authorities suspect him of concealing property.
The French police carried out searches at villa Hier, which is allegedly owned by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. As reported by the edition Nice Matin, searches were held on February 15 and related to the investigation of illegal schemes for the acquisition of French real estate.
Local law enforcement officials suggest that Kerimov is the true owner of real estate in Antibes with a total area of 90 thousand square meters. At the same time the area of Villa Hier is 12 thousand square meters, and only one tapestry, which is housed in it, is estimated at more than half a million euros. Thus, Kerimov can be one of the largest owners of real estate on the Cote d'Azur. However, his name does not appear in the documents.
Suleiman Kerimov is a member of the Federation Council from Dagestan since 2008. According to Forbes, in 2016, the businessman took the 45th rank among the richest people of Russia with a capital of 1.6 billion dollars. He made his fortune selling precious metals - his family owns Polyus Gold and the production of potassium chloride (Uralkaly). In addition, at various times he owned the shares of VTB and PIK Group.
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The 55-year-old spouses Shevchenko and their 29-year-old son were engaged in construction business and trade in jewelry. In addition to the criminal redistribution of business, the investigation does not rule out robbery.