“Kerimov has no mansions on Cote d'Azur” – assistant
Suleiman Kerimov’s assistant assured that the senator does not own any real estate outside of Russia. Earlier, Nice-Matin newspaper wrote that the senator might have some real estate on the Cote d'Azur.
Suleiman Kerimov’s assistant Aleksey Krasovsky told RBC that Nice-Matin’s claims that the senator owns real estate on the Cote d'Azur do not reflect the reality. "Suleiman Kerimov does not own the real estate mentioned by the publication or any other real estate outside of Russia," he stressed.
Earlier, Nice-Matin reported that the police of the commune of Antibes had raided Hier Villa in the South of France searching for documents indicating its real owner. According to the newspaper, a finisher's invoice for almost €580.000 that was found there and other papers including family photos are the proof that "Hier Villa and the other equally luxurious buildings surrounding it belong to Suleiman Kerimov."
According to the newspaper, Hier Villa has an area of 12,000 square meters. There are other villas in the neighborhood: Medy Roc, Lexa and Fiorella. The total area of these mansions is 90,000 square meters. The searches were held on February 15, although the findings have not been reported until now.
According to Nice-Matin, the detectives were asking for the details of how the property was purchased as there is some discrepancy between the purchase price and the market price. The article pointed out that Hier Villa was bought for €35 million, but the case files show that the buyer transferred €61 million more to the seller’s account in Switzerland. Interestingly, Swiss financier Alexander Studhalter legally owns all the villas, the newspaper wrote.