Sanctioned oligarch Alisher Usmanov has begun laying off staff at his luxury mansions in Surrey and London in an apparent sign that he may have left the UK for good.
MailOnline has been told that gardeners and housekeepers are being made redundant by the billionaire associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin after years of loyal service.
Security teams including dog handlers have also been told that their jobs are on the line and have been advised to send out their CVs to look for other jobs.
The staff who are thought to number more than 20 people are all believed to be UK nationals, working either directly for Usmanov or for contracted companies.
All were based at his main home Beechwood House in Highgate, north London, or his 16th century Sutton Place estate which is the former home of American oil tycoon J Paul Getty near Woking, Surrey.
The move follows the UK Government’s decision to impose sanctions on former major Arsenal shareholder Usmanov last Thursday, following…