On February 18, 2020, in the Bodrum district of Mugla Province, Turkey, after berthing for bunkering with nine fuel trucks at the pier of Pasatarasi, a super-luxury motor yacht Amadea with a length of 106 m and a height of 18 m was seen. Will be. ..
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A $ 325 Million Superyacht US officials say it is owned by Russian oligarchs. Suleyman Kerimov was sailing from Fiji to the United States on Tuesday after the island nation’s high court granted seizure.
The 350-foot yacht Amadea, equipped with a heliport, swimming pool and lobster tank, was the subject of a week-long controversy over ownership after the U.S. Department of Justice attempted to take ownership in Lautoka, Fiji in early May. ..
Seizure efforts bring Russian billionaires to their own country Ukrainian invasionAnd the latest in a series of similar actions by others Western countries targeting Russian luxury yachts.
Kerimov was approved by the Ministry of Finance in 2018 for benefiting from the Russian government through corruption in Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
8 Cabin Amadea left Fiji the next day A federal judge in New York signed a warrant Allows the DOJ to seize two jets owned by another Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich. The total value of these jets exceeds $ 400 million.
“The United States is deeply grateful to Fiji’s police and prosecutors for their patience and dedication to the rule of law,” said DOJ spokesman Anthony Corey under the new Americans. I wrote in a tweet featuring a photo of Amadea sailing to the United States. National flag.
The yacht moved from Fiji within hours after the State Supreme Court demanded that the ship “depart from Fiji’s waters” for the public good. Judgment reported by Reuters.
The decision said Amadea “to sail into Fiji’s waters without permission, perhaps to avoid prosecution by the United States.”
According to the FBI, Amadea’s operating costs range from $ 25 million to $ 30 million annually. The Fijian government paid these costs during a court battle over seizures.
The yacht was registered with Millemarin Investments, and Kerimov claimed to not own the ship and opposed seizure in Fiji’s court.
Millemarin’s lawyer, Faisal Hanif, claimed that the real owner of the yacht was another Russian, Eduardo Kudinatov, a former chief executive officer of the state-owned oil and gas company Rosneft. Kudinatov is not subject to sanctions by the United States or the European Union.
Hanif also claimed that the United States had no jurisdiction to seize ships in Fiji until the ownership issue was resolved by the courts.
Kudinatov is also documented as the owner of another superyacht, Scheherazade, worth $ 700 million.Scheherazade has a relationship with the Russian president Vladimir PutinLike Kerimov, is subject to US sanctions.
The Italian government seized Scheherazade at the port of Marina di Carrara last month.
The FBI said in a court filing that Kudinatov was “listed as the owner of the two largest superyachts on record, both of which are related to authorized individuals, Kudinatov is clean and unlicensed. It suggests that it is being used as a straw owner. ” True real owner. “
Last month, when the United States first tried to seize Amadea, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Lisa Monaco previously wrote, “I warned that I was looking at all yachts I bought with dirty money.”
“The bouts of this yacht should tell all corrupt Russian oligarchs that they cannot hide, even in the furthest parts of the world,” Monaco wrote.
“We use all means to implement the sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s provocative and unjust war in Ukraine.”
Correction: The yacht is registered with Millemarin Investments. In previous versions, the company name was misspelled.