Russian Oligarch Needed 176 Cops to Remove 4 Protesters From Mansion

More than 170 officers were recently called to remove four protesters from a mansion that was allegedly owned by a sanctioned Russian oligarch in an area of west London.

On Friday, Vice reported that activists from the grassroots group known as London Makhnovists, occupied and conducted a protest inside the mansion on March 14, which was connected to Oleg Deripaska, who supposedly became rich off his work in energy and metals.

The protesters were reportedly upset about Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. In response to Russia's current military operation against the Eastern European country, the protesters said, "Russian oligarchs: You occupy Ukraine, we occupy you," Vice reported.

This comes as Russia has reportedly experienced troubles as of late in its military offensive against Ukraine. On Friday, an intelligence report from the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence said that Russia tried and failed to pull off a "highly risky" maneuver that involved crossing the Siverskyi Donets River, which is west of Severodonetsk in the Donbas region.

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More than 170 officers were called to remove four protesters from a mansion that was allegedly owned by a sanctioned Russian oligarch in March. Above, officers stand in front of the home in London. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Russia is also apparently choosing not to use military aircraft in its operation, instead opting to fire multiple cruise missiles on a daily basis. This decision by Russian forces is resulting in "vast losses," according to Valeriy Zaluzhny, who is the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed forces.

While the London Metropolitan Police Department, in response to Newsweek, said that there were not "170 officers" on the scene at the same time, Vice reported that the initial response was still massive. The outlet reports that more than 80 members of police personnel were called for "immediate response."

Then, in what is being referred to as a "service mobilization," Vice reported that 77 constables, 13 sergeants, three inspectors and two superintendents were also called to the scene. The four protesters were eventually removed from the house as 176 officers in total were deployed to the scene.

Officers told Newsweek that their initial response to the situation was not for a protest, but for "reports of people breaking into residential property in the early hours of the morning." Police also indicated that where the protesters were also presented a problem, since they did not know whether or not other activists were inside the mansion.

In regards to the massive number of officers, who were used throughout the situation, the department told Newsweek that "a significant number of officers were required due to the size of the property, the need to establish cordons in the vicinity to prevent access by others who may have tried to join the protest and the need to deploy specialist officers trained in working at height."

The total cost of the department's response to the protesters was £80,000, which is equivalent to more than $97,000 dollars, which was obtained from a Freedom of Information request made by Vice. The request also revealed the extent of the police's operation.

Officers said the situation "was ultimately resolved in a timely manner and without excessive disruption to the wide public."