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Land of Putin's former son-in-law seized in the Netherlands

May 25, 2023

The Dutch prosecutor's office has seized the land of businessman Jorrit Faassen, the ex-husband of the Russian president's daughter Maria Vorontsova.

This is stated in an investigation by Project, The Guardian, and Follow the Money.

Faassen owns a 1432-square-meter plot in the Duivendrecht district southeast of Amsterdam. The plot is currently empty, but in 2021 the businessman applied to build a house and six small office buildings.

However, in March 2022, the Amsterdam municipality suspended the permit procedure based on Faassen's connection to Putin. Among other things, the businessman is a permanent resident of Moscow.


An entry in the Dutch land registry shows that the plot was seized on May 12 by the national prosecutor's office for financial, economic, and environmental offenses as part of a criminal investigation.

This may indicate that Faassen is involved in a criminal investigation, but it is impossible to know for sure: the Dutch prosecutor's office does not comment on the reason for the arrest or whether Putin's former son-in-law is under investigation.

At the same time, according to investigative sources, law enforcement officers recently questioned Faassen upon his arrival in the Netherlands at Schiphol Airport on suspicion of sanctions evasion and confiscated his laptop and cell phone. After that, he allegedly returned to Moscow.

Author - Olena Madiak, 25/05/2023

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