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Offshore cash and huge loans: Leak reveals how Roman Abramovich funded Chelsea’s success

By Rob Davies and David Conn

17 Apr 2023 · 9 min read

Editor's Note

When he was owner of Chelsea, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich used a network of companies to move billions of dollars made from Siberian oilfields into the soccer club. The Guardian reports.

As Chelsea’s players celebrated victory in the 2021 Champions League final, Roman Abramovich made one of his rare public appearances.

The club’s owner had been unable to attend home matches at Stamford Bridge for three years, after the UK government indicated it was unlikely to renew his visa.

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