A controversial chalet in Gstaad BE has long been owned by a Russian oligarch. He has now sold the luxury property. For a Russian private banker.
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- Russian multi-millionaire Maxim Demin has sold his luxury property in Gstaad BE.
- The property is now owned by a couple who also have ties to Russia.
- The purchase caused a stir in 2018 because it infringed on Lex Koller.
Russians very rich among themselves: Maxim Demin, owner of football club AFC Bournemouth, has sold his luxury chalet in Gstaad BE. The new owners of the property are the couple Christopher and Coraline Mourawif-Apostol. This is reported by “Berner Zeitung”, citing the entry in the land register.
The sale was confirmed by a Demins consultant. The businessman was unable to materialize his conversion plans, he explains the sale. But he found a suitable item elsewhere. where not disclosed.
Maxim Damin against “Lex Koller”
Gstaad caused quite a stir after Maxim Demin bought Gstaad Chalet in 2018.
Because: Foreigners are only allowed to buy plots up to 1000 square meters and one parcel (Lex Koller). However, the authorities apparently made an exception for that and approved the purchase of a property of 1800 square metres. In addition, there are two parcels that were sold to Demin.
As a result, complaints have now been filed against the cantonal authorities. They defend the process to this day. The reduction in area is not possible due to topographical and architectural reasons.
In any case, the new owners of the chalet need not worry: the Mauravi apostles have their main residence in the canton of Vaud. The man, Christopher, nonetheless maintains close ties with Russia, both personally and professionally.
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He is a descendant of a Russian noble family that had to go into exile after the revolution. Mauraiff-Apostol was the head of the Department for Russia and Eastern Europe at his employer, the private bank Pictet, until April. There he was responsible for the property management of the oligarchs and wealthy Russians. Pictet also invests heavily in Russian gas and oil companies.
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