Russian businessman Roman Abramovich applied for a residence permit in Switzerland in 2016, writes Le Matin Dimanche and The Times. The representative of Abramovich declined to comment on Vedomosti's personal life. The information on the website of the UK's registration chamber about Fordstam Limited (the head structure of the group, which includes Chelsea football club) indicated that Switzerland is the country of Abramovich's residence.
As Le Matin Dimanche writes, in the summer of 2016 Abramovich applied for a residence permit in the municipality of Bane, where the famous Swiss resort of Verbier is located, as well as in the migration service of the canton of Valais.
"Roman Abramovich became interested in Valya," confirmed the head of the migration service of the canton, Jacques Delavallas. According to him, the administration of the canton gave a positive conclusion - Abramovich would be "a very interesting taxpayer for the municipality".
Most foreigners come to Switzerland for work, study or family reunification, but in certain cases, rich foreigners can obtain a residence permit if they agree to pay a lump-sum tax, notes Le Matin Dimanche. The amount of such tax is calculated on the basis of the expenses for the residence of the taxpayer. According to the newspaper, foreigners can obtain a residence permit in Switzerland on the basis of "important public interests."
In June 2017, the newspaper writes, Abramovich suddenly withdrew his application for a residence permit. The court forbade the Swiss media to report the reasons for the decision made by the businessman. "Our editorial team will continue to fight for the right to disclose this information, which, in our opinion, is of public interest," the Swiss newspaper stressed.
In the municipality of Bane, it was reported that the cantonal authorities did not approve Abramovich's request for a residence permit without a reason. This happens rarely, said the head of the migration service, Bane Stefan Mishlo. In November 2017, Abramovich turned to the Swiss police department to find out the status of his application. There he was told that the application was discontinued due to her recall, writes Sonntags Zeitung. According to Le Matin Dimanche, the police department also reported that if desired, a businessman can apply again. However, the newspaper notes, while Abramovich did not do so.
According to Le Matin Dimanche, in the last 10 years 578 people have obtained a residence permit in Switzerland on the basis of "important public interests". For the most part, these are rich foreigners who want to settle in Switzerland to pay less taxes. Since 2008, the residence permit thus received 186 people from Russia, the publication specifies.
According to Forbes, Abramovich ranks 12th among the richest businessmen in Russia, his fortune is estimated at $ 9.1 billion.
In 2014, the former head of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, received a residence permit in Switzerland in connection with "important public interests," which also includes "substantial tax interests."
Roman Abramovich has applied for a residence permit in Switzerland
The main owner of Evraz billionaire Roman Abramovich, according to the Swiss media, as early as 2016 filed a petition for a residence permit in the canton of Valais. Then the businessman withdrew it, but in November 2017 again appealed on this issue.
Abramovich appealed to the Swiss authorities with a request to grant him a residence permit in the canton of Valais in July 2016, reported two Swiss publications - Le Matin Dimanche and Sonntags Zeitung.
According to the application, Abramovich wanted to settle in the Bane community, which includes the Verbier ski resort. The application was submitted to the municipality of the community, as well as to the Population and Migration Service of the canton of Valais. This information was confirmed to both editions in the municipality of Bane, the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and the federal police. "Given his financial resources, he would be a very interesting taxpayer for both the municipality and the country. We gave a positive response, "says Le Matin Dimanche, head of the migration department at the canton of Valais Jacques Delavallas. In the municipality of Bane, Le Matin Dimanche stated that they eventually received information from the cantonal authorities that Abramovich's residence permit had not been granted, which is "very rare".
As explained by Le Matin Dimanche and Sonntags Zeitung, Abramovich, most likely, was going to get a residence permit, having agreed with the authorities on the payment of the so-called. a lump sum, or a flat tax, when an individual pays not for income, but for expenses.
However, in June 2017, Abramovich withdrew his application for a residence permit. The newspaper does not write about the reasons for such a decision. The businessman asked the commercial and commercial court in Zurich to prohibit newspapers from disclosing the details of the situation, and on February 2 the court accepted the side of the Russian businessman. "The editorial board will continue to fight for the right to disclose information that, in our opinion, is of public interest," Le Matin Dimanche writes.
In November 2017, Abramovich sent a personal appeal to the head of the Federal Police, Nicoletta della Valle. In a two-page letter, he talks about his intention to renew the application for a residence permit in the canton of Valais. This information was confirmed in the State Secretariat for Migration and the Federal Police. The answer was sent to Abramovich in December 2017, but the letter was signed not by della Valle, but by her authorized lawyer. As the Sonntags Zeitung notes, the details of the reply letter were banned from disclosing the court. However, the general sense of the answer the publication conveys - Abramovich explained that the withdrawn request can not be "unfrozen", in addition, the Federal Police does not resolve these issues. The lawyer only offered the Russian businessman to submit a new application to the migration department of the canton. According to the publications, Abramovich has not filed such a petition yet.
A representative of the company Millhouse (manages Abramovich's assets) John Mann told Le Matin Dimanche that he would not like to comment on the businessman's personal affairs. The representative of Abramovich also declined to comment on RBC.
As Le Matin Dimanche writes with reference to the data of the State Secretariat for Migration, over the past ten years, Switzerland "on the basis of public interest" issued 578 permits to foreigners to stay in the country. Of these, 186 permits were obtained from Russians (one of them was the former owner of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky). In second place - the Turks (37 permits).
Roman Abramovich with a fortune of $ 9.1 billion takes 12th place in the list of 200 richest businessmen of Russia according to Forbes. The main asset of Abramovich is 31% in the Evraz group. Also, the businessman owns 24% of "First Channel", a small package of Norilsk Nickel and the Chelsea Football Club.
In the British company register, where Abramovich is listed as a person with significant control in Fordstam Limited (a company run by Chelsea FC), Switzerland is the place of residence of the businessman. In November 2016, Abramovich's spokesman John Mann told Forbes that Abramovich is Russia's tax resident, since he spends more than 183 days a year on its territory. Sonntags zeitung noted that she could not find information about Abramovich's property in Switzerland.