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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Rails Against Abramovich's Chelsea Stake

Mayor Yury Luzhkov slammed the acquisition of Chelsea by Roman Abramovich in a populist speech Wednesday, six years after the then-governor of Chukotka bought the legendary British football club.

“When Abramovich is buying Chelsea this is not the kind of good that is essential for our spiritual atmosphere and condition,” he said during a meeting with Patriarch Kirill. “This is patronage for oneself, for own interest, and we do not need this kind of ‘good.’”

His remarks drew applause from the audience and approval from Kirill, who said his words were “highly necessary.”