A $300 million superyacht owned by a Russian oligarch is seized by the United States


Russian-Ukrainian War: The 106-meter (350ft) yacht left the port of Lautoka in Fiji last week.

A superyacht seized in Fiji last month at the behest of US authorities, who claim Amadea’s $300 million belongs to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, has arrived in Hawaii, according to Refinitiv ship tracking data Eicon.

The US Department of Justice’s KleptoCapture task force has focused on seizing yachts and other luxury assets from Russian oligarchs in an effort to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine .

The 106-metre (350ft) yacht left the port of Lautoka in Fiji last week after the Pacific island nation’s Supreme Court ruled the yacht should leave the country because maintaining it was costly for the government.

Refinitiv data shows the ship docked in Honolulu on Thursday afternoon.

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

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

Lawyers for the owner of the Amadea, Millemarin Investment Ltd, registered in the Cayman Islands, told a Fijian court that the Amadea did not belong to Kerimov but to another unsanctioned Russian oligarch, the former head of Rosneft, Eduard Khudainatov.

The United States alleges that Kerimov is the true beneficial owner of the Amadea, but much of the evidence in the April 13 seizure warrant is redacted in the publicly available version.

Kerimov was sanctioned by the United States in 2014 and 2018 in response to Russian actions in Syria and Ukraine. It was also sanctioned by the European Union.

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


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