Squatters have occupied a London mansion that is believed to belong to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who was hit by British sanctions last week.

Metropolitan Police said they were called in the early hours of Monday after receiving reports that people had entered the mansion in Belgrave Square, in an upmarket area home to several foreign embassies.

“By occupying this mansion, we want to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but also the people of Russia who never agreed to this madness,” read a statement from the squatters, who described themselves as anarchists.

The police tweeted it had “completed a search of the property in Belgrave Square and are satisfied there are no protesters inside.” The UK froze the assets of Deripaska last Thursday, one of a number of Russian oligarchs who have been targeted.

Oliver Bullough, author of the new book ‘Butler to the World: how Britain became the servant of tycoons, tax dodgers, kleptocrats and criminals’, gives an in-depth insight into what motivates Putin’s oligarchs and how they are coping with new sanctions from the EU, UK and USA.

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