Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s right-hand man punished in UK

His name was added Thursday to the “blacklist” of personalities sanctioned by the British authorities, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Eugene Shvidler (58), close friend and principal associate of Roman Abramovich (55), the owner – in decline – of Chelsea, joined the “oligarchs, corporations or henchmen […] accomplices in the murder of innocent civilians (in Ukraine) »denounced by Liz Truss, the British Foreign Secretary.

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Born in the USSR, Eugene Shvidler was naturalized American in 1989 and has worked with Roman Abramovich for over thirty years. The two men made their fortunes in the oil industry and its export in the mid-1990s. If Shvidler, a big football fan, had no executive function with the Blues, he kept his friend’s ear owner and was regularly seen in the presidential box at Stamford Bridge in his company.

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He acquired the Château Thénac wine estate in 2001

Eugene Shvidler’s assets are valued at 1.5 billion euros. And in its thick portfolio of assets, there is also the Château Thénac wine estate, located near Bergerac (Dordogne) and acquired in 2001.

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According to The Guardian, Shvidler had already resigned (March 10) from the Moscow management of Millhouse LLC, the holding company that oversees Abramovich’s investments. He also left his post at the steel group Evraz, of which Abramovich is one of the main shareholders. Evraz is accused of supplying steel for the manufacture of Russian tanks, which the company has denied.

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