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PROPERTY AND PROTEST

Britain colluding with squatters, claims spokesperson for Russian oligarch Deripaska

Police officers use a vehicle equipped with a cherrypicker to approach a group of squatters after they occupied a mansion in Belgrave Square in London, Britain, on 14 March 2022. The mansion is suspected to be owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. (Photo: EPA-EFE / JOSHUA BRATT)

The British government is colluding with people who raid private property and show disrespect for the rule of law, a spokesperson for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska said on Monday after squatters occupied a family property.

Oleg Deripaska was sanctioned by Britain last week and on Monday police sought to evict squatters from a London mansion suspected of belonging to him. Deripaska’s spokesperson said it belonged to members of his family.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout.)

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