40 squatters removed from Russian oligarch's London mansion 

40 squatters removed from Russian oligarch's London mansion

Property belongs to Andrey Goncharenko.

In the morning of 1 February, 40 activists were forced to leave the mansion on Eaton Square of Belgravia, central London, which allergerlyly belongs to Russian billionaire Andrey Goncharenko, reports Daily Mail.

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The police broke down the door of the house around 8 am local time. According to an activist, law enforcement had to use force to push a girl into the street, as resisted eviction.

Group of squatters illegally settled in the house on one of the most expensive streets in London in late January and held it for about a week. The activists hung out on the balcony of the mansion a poster saying "USA antigovernment in exile" and promised to open a shelter for homeless people in the building, the newspaper The Telegraph reports.

The mansion on Eaton Square was built in 1825. For a long time the building belonged to Cervantes Institute (Spanish Cultural Centre). Andrey Goncharenko bought it in 2014 for 15 million pounds, but since then no one has ever lived there.

This house was one of the four houses that Goncharenko bought in London for the past three years for a total amount of 250 million pounds. Goncharenko also owns one of the most expensive buildings of Great Britain - Hanover Lodge mansion in Regent's Park Royal (120 million pounds), the Mayfair house on St. James Street (70 million) and building in Hampstead (41 million).

Andrey Goncharenko is not included in the Forbes list of billionaires, Forbes magazine. However, British media call him a billionaire and a ‘shadow oligarch’. Kommersant newspaper wrote in July 2014 that Goncharenko worked as deputy head of JSC  Gazprom Invest Yug (the contractor company of Gazprom) until 2013.

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