Germany raids 24 properties linked to Putin ally Usmanov

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About 250 police officers have raided two dozen properties across Germany linked to Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, in connection with alleged breaches of sanctions and money laundering rules, officials said Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt and Munich said in separate statements that state and federal police were searching the 24 properties in Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.

The statement by Frankfurt prosecutors named the suspect only as a Russian businessman. But German weekly Der Spiegel, which first reported the raids, named him as Usmanov.

Masked police officers stand on a balcony of a house belonging to Russian oligarch Usmanov during a raid in Rottach-Egern, Germany, Wednesday, Sept.21, 2022. In connection with investigations against a Russian for violation of the Foreign Trade and Payments Act, 24 houses and apartments were searched across Germany…

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