Chelsea owner accused of having links to robbery, kidnapping and corruption

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned heavily by the United Kingdom and other Western nations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The high-profile oligarch has denied any illegal activities and his close association with Vladimir Putin, but he has not escaped the sanctions. While well known in sporting circles as the charismatic football club owner, many are now asking more about his background and the source of his massive fortune.

With Chelsea FC now being put up for sale under the watchful eye of the UK Parliament, the BBC launched an investigation into reports that link the Russian to allegations of theft, corruption, as well as kidnapping.

Back in 1992, as he was in the early stages of building his fortune, Abramovich was accused of “robbing a train loaded with fuel,” which he had then planned to re-sell. However, the case went only as far as the issuance of an arrest warrant, with his lawyers claiming to the BBC that it was simply a misunderstanding.