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Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich is banned from the UK.

Accord­ing to The Sun, senior secu­ri­ty sources are now say­ing the 55-year-old is unlike­ly to be allowed to live in Britain again.

Immi­gra­tion offi­cials are said to be instruct­ed to pre­vent Mr Abramovich – who owns a £125million man­sion near Kens­ing­ton Palace – from set­tling in the UK.

His case would be han­dled by the “spe­cial cas­es unit” of the Min­istry of Interior.

It comes after Mr Abramovich was named by MPs on Tues­day as one of 35 oli­garchs iden­ti­fied by Russ­ian oppo­si­tion leader Alex­ei Naval­ny as one of the ‘key fac­tors’ in the gov­ern­men­t’s ‘klep­toc­ra­cy’. Pres­i­dent of the coun­try Vladimir Putin.

He vehe­ment­ly denies being close to the Krem­lin or doing any­thing that would war­rant sanc­tions being imposed on him — as Britain sought to impose sanc­tions on Rus­sia amid grow­ing ten­sions with Ukraine.

In 2018, Mr Abramovich became an Israeli cit­i­zen, allow­ing him to enter Britain for up to six months.

He used his Israeli pass­port last Octo­ber to make a short trip to London.

How­ev­er, a senior source told The Sun that any attempt by the oli­garch to apply for a per­ma­nent visa would “almost cer­tain­ly be rejected”.

Mr Abramovich has an esti­mat­ed wealth of £8.4billion.

As well as his huge prop­er­ty port­fo­lio, he also owns a series of supery­achts, includ­ing the £450million Solaris, which has a mis­sile detec­tion system.

Mr Abramovich nev­er had British cit­i­zen­ship and made his mon­ey sell­ing assets bought from the state when the Sovi­et Union broke up.

He arrived at Chelsea in 2003 and trans­formed the team from out­side chal­lengers into a Pre­mier League giant with the help of Jose Mourinho.

The bulk of Abramovich’s British wealth is in Evraz, a steel and min­ing giant list­ed on the Lon­don Stock Exchange.

In the Com­mons on Tues­day, Lib­er­al Demo­c­rat MP Lay­la Moran read out a list that fea­tured Mr Abramovich’s name along­side oth­er oli­garchs, includ­ing Arse­nal investor Alish­er Usmanov.

For­eign Sec­re­tary Liz Truss declined to say whether or not Mr Abramovich would face sanc­tions, but sug­gest­ed oth­ers would.

“We have a long list of peo­ple com­plic­it in the actions of the Russ­ian lead­er­ship,” she said.

“If Rus­sia refus­es to with­draw its troops, we can con­tin­ue to increase the pres­sure, tar­get­ing more banks, elites and impor­tant companies.

“It is about inflict­ing pain on Putin and degrad­ing the Russ­ian eco­nom­ic sys­tem over time, tar­get­ing peo­ple close to Putin. What we need to do is make it as painful as possible.

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