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Sanctioned Russian oligarchs burst into tears over failure to book private jets, reports say

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  • Several Russian billionaires reportedly became in tears as the impact of the sanctions was felt.

  • A personal aide to several oligarchs told the Mirror it was difficult to get “any sympathy”.

  • Russia’s wealthiest businessmen and their families have been targeted by Western sanctions.

A personal aide to several sanctioned Russian oligarchs said he saw the men burst into tears as their assets were frozen.

The Mirror first reported the news.

Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine has led Western countries to take action against Russia, including targeting its allies, who are among Russia’s wealthiest businessmen.

“I had to endure hearing them cry because they can no longer board a private jet, or book a vacation, or even get an Uber,” said the personal assistant, who wished to remain anonymous. for fear of reprisals. .

According to the outlet, the assistant works for the oligarchs who live on the St George’s estate in Surrey, UK. It is a closed enclave where a third of the inhabitants are Russian, according to The Mirror. It is also considered one of the most exclusive private residential addresses outside of London, according to property researcher Garrington South.

The Mirror report added that some of the oligarchs had to ask staff to pay for their taxis because Uber executive accounts linked to their cards had been closed.

The aide told the Mirror: “It’s hard to get sympathy. It doesn’t matter to them that people are dying in Ukraine.” She added that the wife of an oligarch broke down in tears after bespoke electrical installations commissioned for her $13m (£10m) mansion were blocked.

The sanctions have also targeted the families of the oligarchs, as in the case of Gennady Timchenko whose wife and daughters were affected by the restrictions.

Speaking of oligarch families in general, the aide said: ‘They only care about themselves and how the sanctions are starting to affect their champagne lifestyle,’ the aide told the Mirror.

They concluded: “But everything is changing now and it’s good to see them having to adjust to their new place in the world.”

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