The US wants to confiscate the yacht of a Russian oligarch for violating sanctions: what is known
The US government has requested a court order to confiscate a yacht owned by Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. In particular, the 106-meter superyacht Amadea worth $300-500 million was arrested last year in Fiji at the request of the US prosecutor's office.
After that, it was handed over to the United States. This is stated in documents filed in a federal court in New York.
Amadea is currently moored in San Diego, California. The reason for the confiscation, according to prosecutors, is the violation of sanctions by an oligarch from a terrorist country imposed against him by the US Treasury in April 2018.
As noted, Kerimov violated US restrictions by using the US banking system to transfer funds for the repair and maintenance of a yacht purchased in 2021 by Errigan Marine, owned by Yevhen Kokhman. The latter, according to US prosecutors, is a straw man.
The documents submitted to the court contain numerous evidences that Kerimov and his family members gave instructions on the ship's repairs, interior changes, and allocated funds for its arrangement and maintenance.
Recently, the lawyers of Russian billionaire Eduard Khudainatov filed a lawsuit in a federal court in California, claiming that Khudainatov is the owner of Amadea and demanding the return of the property. Earlier, Khudaynatov filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of Fiji to try to prevent the transfer of the superyacht to the US authorities. His claim was rejected.
As previously reported by OBOZ.UA, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the country's authorities are ready for the West not to lift sanctions against Russia for 5-10 years. He did not say whether the Russians are ready for this.