The Italian villas of sanctioned Russian TV host Vladimir Soloviev have been damaged by fire and graffitied with spray paint, authorities say
- Italian officials seized villas owned by sanctioned Russian TV host Vladimir Soloviev in March.
- Now, one has been damaged by fire in a suspected arson and another has been graffitied, authorities say.
First, Russian TV host Vladimir Soloviev lost his Italian villas due to
Now, one of the homes has been damaged by fire and another graffitied with spray paint, authorities say.
A fire broke out early Wednesday at
The second villa had the word "killer" and the phrase "no war" spray-painted on the wall outside its entrance, according to Italian newspaper The Corriere della Sera. Red paint was also poured into its swimming pool.
"The investigations of the Carabinieri are underway, but we can already say that the vandals did not cause significant damage," said local mayor Michele Spaggiari, according to The Daily Beast. "The villa is empty at the moment, with rustic walls and concrete floors. It could be it was basically treated as a demonstrative act, which fortunately did not have serious consequences."
The fire was started using tires, a Como fire brigade spokesperson told Reuters.
In February, when Soloviev learned he could lose his villas — valued at roughly $8.7 million — he aired his grievances on Russian television.
"With every transaction I was bringing paperwork demonstrating my official salary, income, I did it all," he said, according to The Daily Beast. "I bought it, paid crazy amount of taxes, I did everything. And suddenly someone makes a decision that this journalist is now on the list of sanctions. And right away it affects your real estate. Wait a minute. But you told us that Europe has sacred property rights!"
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