In Austria, a group of activists occupied a luxurious villa on Lake Attersee owned by former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
This is reported by the Austrian edition Kurierreports Ukrinform.
The seizure of a luxury villa in the Salzkammergut region, attributed to former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, has once again placed Russian oligarchs’ property in Austria and the protest against the war in Ukraine in the spotlight.
It is noted that unknown activists, “wishing to send a signal against the war in Ukraine and oligarchism,” entered a villa in a remote part of the Attersee on Saturday morning, but this was discovered only half a day later. The house is undergoing renovations, which made it easy for the activists to place their banners on the façade. Several of them read “Solidarity with all refugees and fugitives” and “Subversive war everywhere”.
Later, activists who called themselves anarchists circulated a statement on social networks condemning the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and calling for the confiscation of the building to accommodate refugees, fugitives and homeless people. In addition, they complain that almost all approaches to Lake Attersee are privately owned, so they call for free access.
The villa is located on an area of about 2.5 hectares, now no one lives on it. According to media reports, in the spring the villa was left by an influential Russian politician and friend of Putin, Igor Shuvalov, included in the list of oligarchs against whom the EU introduced sanctions.
The police, having arrived at the scene, found about ten activists on the territory of the villa and the house. They stated that only the owner could expel them from there, but then they left the territory. According to media reports, no damage was caused to the building.
As reported, the property of the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska was confiscated in the United States.