Hundreds of staff working for Russian oligarchs on an Italian island became unemployed after the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.
Sardinia, in the Mediterranean Sea, is a popular destination for wealthy Russians who have built luxury beachfront properties and docked their superyachts in its marina.
Since the EU sanctioned Russian oligarchs and froze their assets, some people working for the oligarchs have lost their jobs, while other employees have been suspended without getting paid, Mirko Idili, a union leader, told The Post.
“Many of these oligarchs are still perceived here as magnates, as benefactors,” he said.
The oligarchs sometimes gave staff five or six-figure tips, The Post reported.
The Italian government has frozen about eight houses in a 10-mile stretch of the Emerald Coast in northeast Sardinia, according to the newspaper.
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