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  • Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich owns a $90 million mansion on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy.

  • The economy of the island is known as St. Barts relies on the tourism of the very wealthy, such as Abramovich.

  • Since they faced UK and EU sanctions, locals have defended Abramovich, calling him a “beautiful person”.

In the face of mounting sanctions, unexpected supporters defended the reputation of the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich: the inhabitants of the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy.

“For more than a decade, local and very wealthy workers have been self-serving Abramovi and other very wealthy clients, anonymous St. Barts. Forbes said. “They don’t want this to end.”

The economy of the island is known as St. Barts finances tourism from wealthy tourists like Abramovich, who owns it $90 million mansion On the island since 2009. As the UK and EU face growth PenaltiesIncluding more than 7 billion dollars in frozen assetsIslanders described him as a “beautiful person” and defended his presence on the island as positive.

Abramovich, call me once A billion philanthropists in RussiaHe has a history of large donations including: Israel Holocaust Museum And Nanotechnology Research Center at Tel Aviv University.

in st. Barts paid $4 million to rebuild 2010 local football fieldPay for renovations after the 2017 hurricane, and fund renovations of saltwater ponds important to the local ecosystem, Forbes Report.

Patrice Abderham, a private chef who worked several times for the oligarch, Forbes said He believed that France and the European Union erred in punishing Abramovich: “They put everyone in one basket,” he said. “I hope it all works out for him.”

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