The Finnish authorities have seized the property of Russian citizens for a total of €189 million. This was reported on September 14 by the MTV3 TV channel with reference to the bailiff service.
Arrests were imposed on the property of individuals and organizations included in the EU sanctions list. In total, about 200 decisions were made on temporary or permanent arrest of property.
“Investigations by the bailiffs have progressed and will continue. This task is long-term and complex. In addition, new defendants have been added to the EU sanctions list,” said service specialist Aki Virtanen.
The list of seized property includes shares, cash in bank accounts, real estate, industrial raw materials and vehicles.
According to the channel, at the beginning of the summer, the amount of seized property amounted to €80 million.
On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the seizure of property of Russian businessmen in the West a lesson. He pointed out that if entrepreneurs kept their yachts in Russia and did not invest in foreign assets, they would not lose anything.
Prior to this, on July 12, it became known that the amount of frozen Russian assets in the EU countries is €13.8 billion.
On April 4, it was reported about the arrest of the yacht of the Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg in the port of Palma de Mallorca. Also in mid-March, the media reported that the yacht of Russian businessman Andrey Melnichenko was arrested in Italy.
On March 20, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that the country wants to confiscate the property and assets of Russian oligarchs in the republic.
On March 16, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov called the actions of a number of countries against Russian businessmen banditry at the state level. According to him, this clearly demonstrates the collapse of the sanctity of private property and the danger of doing private business abroad.
Sanctions pressure on Russia from the West intensified after the start of Moscow’s special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass, which was announced on February 24. It began against the backdrop of the situation in the region that worsened in mid-February.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.