Italy Seizes The $538 Million Sailing Yacht A From Russian Billionaire Andrey Melnichenko

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The newest superyacht owned by a Russian oligarch to be seized in retaliation in opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine additionally occurs to be one of many largest and costliest yachts of all time: Sailing Yacht A, the $538 million, 470-foot vessel owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, in line with a latest Reuters report.

Melnichenko is certainly one of a number of such billionaires to face worldwide sanctions on his property and belongings because of the invasion, this explicit sanction being carried out by Italy, the place the huge craft was in port.

Based on the Italian authorities, the yacht has been relocated and is now sequestered in a distinct port, in Trieste. The authorities additionally reaffirmed the oft-repeated declare that Sailing Yacht A is the most important crusing yacht on the planet.

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A spokesperson for Melnichenko says he has “no relation to the tragic occasions in Ukraine. He has no political affiliations,” and that for that cause the seizure shouldn’t have occurred. The spokesperson continued:

“There is no such thing as a justification by any means for putting him on the EU sanctions checklist…We can be disputing these baseless and unjustified sanctions, and imagine that the rule of legislation and customary sense will prevail.”

Melnichenko has different issues to cope with as effectively, because the seizure occurs as he resigns from the boards of his firms EuroChem Group and SUEK, presumably on account of his perceived ties with Russia.

He is simply certainly one of a number of distinguished Russian billionaires (or oligarchs, as they’re usually referred) to be hit with sanctions concentrating on their belongings exterior Russia. Italian authorities have been a giant a part of that, seizing some $763.63 million price of belongings (principally luxurious villas and yachts) from Russian enterprise individuals with alleged ties to Vladimir Putin, in line with Italian Economic system Minister Daniele Franco. And in line with Italian tax police chief Giuseppe Zafarana, they are not completed but:

“To this point we now have hit what was seen, now we now have to hit the remaining equivalent to shareholdings. We’re doing a terrific job to convey out what’s shielded by trusts and entrance names.”


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