If Hungary's Prime Minister Orban has his way, Alisher Usmanov will soon be able to freely dispose of his assets again.
Sanctions are currently in place against the Uzbek.
Rottach-Egern – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has issued an ultimatum to the EU to remove nine Russian oligarchs from the sanctions list, otherwise he would block the extension of sanctions against Russians who are said to be close to Putin.
This is reported by the online portal
, citing Brussels sources.
Alisher Usmanow, to whom German investigators also allege real estate on Lake Tegernsee, would also benefit from this.
EU sanctions against Tegernsee oligarch Usmanov – Hungarian Prime Minister Orban calls for lifting
Since February 28 last year - four days after Putin's attack on Ukraine - Usmanov has been number 673 on the European Union's sanctions list.
Expelled as a "Kremlin-friendly oligarch who has particularly close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin." The now 69-year-old had already appealed against this listing with three other oligarchs at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in July and demanded the surrender of his western assets.
So far without success.
The Munich public prosecutor's office is investigating Usmanov.
She accuses the Uzbek with a Russian passport of money laundering and tax evasion, among other things.
Now the entrepreneur Usmanov, valued at 16 billion dollars, is apparently getting flank protection from the right-wing nationalist Orban, who wants nine oligarchs removed from the list.
The sanctions list must be unanimously approved by the EU states in order to extend its validity from March 15th.
In the meantime, more than 1,300 people and 170 organizations have been affected by the coercive measures because they support the Russian President's Ukraine policy.
Usmanov's sister won the lawsuit – sanctions were lifted
According to the British Guardian, Usmanov's sanctioned sister Saodat Narziyev already achieved in September what others are still denied.
The 56-year-old gynecologist is said to have been the beneficial owner of up to 27 accounts at the major Swiss bank Credit Suisse.
In April 2011, one of these accounts was said to have contained assets of $2.1 billion.
She had apparently successfully appealed against the sanctions in April.
"We have said from the beginning that the sanctions against Saodat Nartsiyeva are based on false accusations, which have now been convincingly and unequivocally refuted," Usmanov's sister's spokeswoman is quoted as saying.
It remains to be seen whether her brother will be successful with Orban's support.