NPR, “Squatters took over a London mansion linked to a Russian oligarch”

By Rachel Treisman, March 14, 2022

Squatters have taken over the London mansion suspected of belonging to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who has been sanctioned by both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Riot police arrived at the luxury property in Belgrave Square on Monday after squatters entered the mansion and covered it with flags. Footage from the scene shows a Ukrainian flag hanging from one window and handwritten banners reading “This property has been liberated” and “Putin go f*** yourself.”

Westminster Police said on Twitter that officers arrived at the property around 1 a.m. local time after being called and made contact with “a small number of people inside.” The department added that specialist officers were on the scene and would determine the appropriate next steps based on “the safety of the officers and those inside and … the large and complex nature of this property.”

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