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The villa, owned by a pro-Putin Russian TV presenter on Lake Como, was one of the assets ordered to be frozen by the Italian Government as part of a crackdown on Putin’s oligarchs in the EU.
The Italian fire brigade promptly put out the flames and flared up in the residence of Loveno, one of the three real estate properties of the oligarch Vladimir Solovyev.
At the moment, an attempt is being made to reconstruct the attack on the house via footage from the villa’s private patio cameras.
Over the past few days, with a certain crescendo, Solovyev had reiterated his positions and his personal thoughts on the invasion of Russia.
During the confiscation phase, he had protested considering the measure unfair and illogical.
The arson, according to initial investigations, is part of a precise strategy considering that of the overall three properties of Solovyev (value of 8 million euros), even a second home was the subject of a raid in the night: the external walls were smeared, and it is unknown if the real goal was to break into the house.
Tires were used to start the fire.
More than a real arson attack, Italian media say it has been a demonstration act, which caused limited damage.
The fire was in fact set only on some tires outside the building under renovation in the upper part of the town, overlooking the lake.
The fire was noticed by some passersby who warned the firefighters and the carabinieri: the flames were soon extinguished.
More to follow…
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