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2 min. 12.03.2022 From our online archive
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A Bombardier BD700-1A10 similar to the one impounded by the UK on Tuesday
A Bombardier BD700-1A10 similar to the one impounded by the UK on Tuesday
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UK shackles Luxembourg plane, Bettel says lacks info

The UK has impounded a private jet registered in Luxembourg, suspecting it was in use by Russian oligarchs, contrasting the country with the Grand Duchy, which said on Wednesday it had no list allowing it to go after the luxury possessions of the billionaires backing the Kremlin.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps blocked the jet from leaving Farnborough airport, as officials investigated if the plane was owned by Russians banned from flying after their country unleashed war upon Ukraine two weeks ago, the UK government said on Wednesday.

Abramovich sanctions put spotlight on his Luxembourg interests

The United Kingdom froze the assets of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich on Thursday, focusing attention on his business interests including a Luxembourg holding company belonging to a steel producer the British linked to Russia's defence industry.

Abramovich, famous for owning London's Chelsea Football Club, derives most of his €11.7 billion fortune from a 28% stake in Evraz PLC, which produces steel for Russia's defence industry and other customers. It is the sole owner of Evraz Group SA, a Luxembourg subsidiary that held assets worth over €4.6 billion in 2020.

Cargolux among first freight liners to charge war fee

Luxembourg air freight liner Cargolux began adding a war surcharge to customers' bills this week to compensate for having to fly around Russian airspace on journeys to and from its second home in China.

Cargolux's war fee of €0.18 per kilogram was notable as among the first in the business, Danish freight forwarding company Scan Global Logistics said. 

Thousands of miles in a Volkswagen to pick up refugees 

Adrian Specker, a 30-year old German accountant, had just come back from driving 3,400 km across Europe with a stranger to pick up Ukrainian refugees and bring them to cities where they could shelter from the war.

After a road trip that brought him to Wiesbaden, Prague, the Medyka border crossing in Poland and then back to Prague, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, Specker was telling what it was like to spend six days in a Volkswagen Sharan with another volunteer from Luxembourg he had never met.

Masks off as lawmakers approve new Covid measures

Wearing face masks and displaying Covid passes have been scrapped in most places in Luxembourg after lawmakers approved the removal of the majority of pandemic-related restrictions on Friday.

People no longer have to wear a face mask or show their CovidCheck pass to prove they have been vaccinated, recently recovered from the virus or tested negative to enter bars, cafés and restaurants.


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