$300 Million Superyacht, Owned By Russian Oligarch, Is Seized By US

$300 Million Superyacht Owned by Russian Oligarch Is Seized by the US

War between Russia and Ukraine: The 106-meter yacht left the port of Lautoka in Fiji last week.

A superyacht seized in Fiji last month at the request of US authorities, who say the $300 million Amadea owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, has arrived in Hawaii, Refinitiv Eikon’s tracking data shows. vessels.

The Justice Department’s KleptoCapture task force has targeted the seizure of yachts and other luxury belongings from Russian oligarchs in an attempt to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine.

The 106-meter yacht left Lautoka harbor in Fiji last week after the Pacific island’s Supreme Court ruled that the yacht had to leave the country because it was expensive for the government to maintain.

Data from Refinitiv shows the ship moored in Honolulu on Thursday afternoon.

It had arrived in Fiji, where it was seized on April 13 after an 18-day journey from Mexico. The FBI said in an affidavit that the ship shut down its automated information systems on Feb. 24, almost immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine, as part of an effort to prevent seizures.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

Lawyers for the Amadea’s owner, Cayman Islands-registered Millemarin Investment Ltd, told a Fiji court that the Amadea was owned not by Kerimov, but by another unsanctioned Russian oligarch, former Rosneft chief Eduard Khudainatov.

The United States claims that Kerimov is the actual beneficial owner of the Amadea, but much of the evidence in the April 13 seizure order has been redacted in the version released to the public.

Kerimov was sanctioned by the United States in 2014 and 2018 in response to Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine. He is also sanctioned by the European Union.

The Amadea previously sailed under the flag of the Cayman Islands, according to the public shipping database Equasis. Eikon data showed it arrived in Hawaii under the American flag.

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