Police confiscat Nikita Mazepin's $100 million mansion



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Police confiscat Nikita Mazepin's $100 million mansion

In Sardinia, a huge villa has been confiscated by the police. The property is owned by former Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin. The Italian financial police have seized properties belonging to former Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin as part of the sanctions against Russian oligarchs.

As the authorities announced on Monday, the property in Sardinia, which costs more than 100 million euros, is attributed to the motor sportsman and his father Dmitri. The Guardia di Finanza assumes that the villa and the property, including a pool embedded in the rocks of the bay on the Costa Smeralda, belong to a foreign Mazepin company.

The Italians have been cracking down on homes and luxury yachts owned by Russian oligarchs since the outbreak of war and the imposition of sanctions. Dimitri is the head of a mineral fertilizer company and co-owner of mining company.

He is considered a confidant of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.

Father and son Mazepin got on the EU sanctions list because of the Ukraine war.

Mazepin was a driver for the Haas Formula 1 racing team and teammate of Mick Schumacher until March.

The team parted ways with the Russian and main sponsor Uralkali, the company that his father Dmitri partly owns, shortly after the start of the season. This came as a result of the outbreak of the war. In a recent interview with BBC HARDtalk, Nikita was very straight forward and did not hold back on his thoughts about the sanctions against his country and Russian athletes.

“I don’t agree with being in the sanctions,” the Russian driver said. “I’ve said previously that I intend to fight it." More and more sports are following the appeal of the International Olympic Committee and banning Russian athletes from competing in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The sports restrictions have drawn sharp criticism from Russia and Mazepin was just one of them to speak up. “Perhaps now is not the right time because if you look at the whole situation that's happening against athletes in the general case, it’s cancel culture against my country”.