Squatters occupied the London mansion suspected of belonging to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who was placed on Britain’s sanctions list last week, unfurling a Ukrainian flag and a banner saying, “This property has been liberated.”
Police said they were called in the early hours of Monday after it was reported that the squatters had entered the mansion in Belgrave Square.
A number of people gained entry and hung banners from upstairs windows, the police said in a statement.
In their statement, the squatters said the mansion would “serve as a centre for refugee support” and that other properties would also be targeted.
Deripaska is the founder of Basic Element, one of Russia’s largest industrial groups. Forbes estimated his net worth to be north of $2.5 billion USD before the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine.
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