LEAVE Russian F1 star Nikita Mazepin has had assets worth more than £100million seized by Italian authorities.
The former Haas driver and his oligarchic father Dmitry have been sanctioned after the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
On Monday, the Italian Financial Police seized her luxury villa in the Portisco area of Olbia, on Sardinia’s northeast coast.
This was announced by a spokesman for the Italian financial police MailOnline: “Following reviews on issues that are part of the current European Union sanctions list, Dmitry Mazepin and his son Nikita Mazepin, who are up to 5 million euros and through a foreign company, became traceable to both.”
The expensive property was in the 23-year-old former’s name F1 driver and his father.
Rocky Ram, as the villa is called, was bought back by an Italian newspaper editor in 2012.
It has 25 rooms, luxurious gardens and a large swimming pool.
And it’s situated on a cliff with sensational views over the Mediterranean Sea.
According to the Italian Financial Police, the property is owned by a Cyprus-based company called Ferimod Investments.
The company was founded over a decade ago, but the ultimate beneficiary is Mazepin.
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Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, was described on a European Union sanctions list as “a member of Putin’s inner circle.”
He also attended a meeting with the Russian President on February 24, the day the Russian invasion began.
Dmitry was also a significant shareholder in former Haas sponsor Uralkali, a fertilizer manufacturer.
But son Niklas was dropped by Haas last month before the 2022 season was due to begin.
The Russian has his Haas dismissal down to “Break culture against his country.”
In conversation with the BBCmoaned Mazepin: “I don’t agree to be in the sanctions.
“I said before agreeing to fight it. Maybe now is not the right time.
“If you look at the whole situation that’s happening against athletes in general, it’s abort culture against my country.”
Nikita was described by the EU sanctions list as “a person associated with a senior businessman engaged in economic sectors that represent a significant source of revenue for the Government of the Russian Federation”.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/motorsport/18234422/sacked-f1-russian-driver-nikita-mazepin-italian-sanctions/ Sacked Russian F1 star Mazepin has more than £100million in assets seized by authorities including a stunning villa in Sardinia