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Living in luxury: how families of Russian oligarchs escape war sanctions in France

Mediapart can reveal that close family members of Russians sanctioned after the invasion of Ukraine are continuing to use their luxury properties in France, which have escaped from being frozen by the French Treasury as assets. Among those benefiting include family members of Vladimir Putin's veteran spokesperson Dmitry Peskov and several oligarchs. The revelations emerge from a joint investigation carried out with the German NGO Civil Forum for Asset Recovery (CIFAR) and media network European Investigative Collaborations (EIC). Sébastien Bourdon, Yann Philippin and Alexandre Brutelle (CIFAR) report. 

Sébastien Bourdon, Yann Philippin and Alexandre Brutelle (CIFAR)

7 July 2023 à 19h35

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It's a luxury residence, one among so many at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Before the war in Ukraine this peninsular paradise on France's Côte d’Azur was one of the favourite holiday spots for billionaire Russians. This particular property is the Della Robbia villa, which was bought in 2004 by Andrey Zubitsky.

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