Putin’s oligarchs and the great escape

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It was the screeching of tyres that accompanied the arrival of sanctions last week as Russian oligarchs desperately tried to take off in their private jets and get out of reach of the authorities. The billionaire oil tycoon, Eugene Shvidler, didn’t move fast enough after his Bombardier Global 650 jet arrived in the UK from the New Jersey the previous Friday. Shvidler had been due to fly to Dubai on Tuesday afternoon but his plane was impounded at Farnborough Airport hours before take-off as British sanctions kicked in over his country’s invasion of Ukraine. “I have made it a criminal offence f…

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