US seizes $300 million superyacht owned by a Russian oligarch

US seizes $300 million superyacht owned by a Russian oligarch

US seizes $300 million superyacht owned by a Russian oligarch

Russia-Ukraine War: The 106-meter (350-foot) yacht left Fiji’s Lautoka port last week – Google

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  • The $300 million superyacht Amadea has arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • It was detained in Fiji last month at the request of US authorities.
  • The vessel shut down its automated information systems to try to escape capture after Ukraine’s invasion.
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Refinitiv Eikon vessel tracking data shows that the superyacht that was detained in Fiji last month at the request of US authorities because they think the $300 million Amadea belongs to the Russian businessman Suleiman Kerimov, who is on a list of people who should not do business with the US ., has arrived in Hawaii.

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In an effort to put pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine, the US Justice Department’s KleptoCapture task team has seized yachts and other luxury assets from Russian oligarchs.
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The 106-meter (350-foot) yacht departed Fiji’s Lautoka port last week after the Supreme Court of the Pacific island nation declared it was too expensive for the government to maintain.

On Thursday afternoon, the vessel was docked in Honolulu, according to data from Refinitiv.

It arrived in Fiji on April 13, following an 18-day cruise from Mexico, where it was confiscated.

The FBI stated in an affidavit that the vessel shut down its automated information systems on February 24 in an effort to escape capture, practically immediately after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russia’s efforts in Ukraine are described as a “special military operation.”

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Attorneys for the Amadea’s owner, Cayman Islands-registered Millemarin Investment Ltd., told a Fiji court that the Amadea was not owned by Kerimov, but rather by another Russian oligarch who has not been sanctioned, the former Rosneft head Eduard Khudainatov.

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The United States asserts that Kerimov is the genuine beneficial owner of the Amadea, although the public version of the April 13 seizure warrant redacts a substantial amount of information.
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The Amadea formerly sailed under the flag of the Cayman Islands, according to the public shipping database Equasis. According to Eikon data, it arrived in Hawaii flying the American flag.

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