Tuesday, October 3

The yacht of a Russian oligarch claimed by the US is seized in Palma

The Civil Guard has seized this Monday in Palm Tango luxury yachtowned by Russian billionaire Victor Vekselbergan oligarch claimed by the United States close to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

The operation has been carried out jointly with the agencies of United States FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)has reported the General Directorate of the armed institute.

In addition, the agents have carried out a search inside the boat, 78 meters long and valued at more than 90 million eurosand that it was in the Palma shipyard.

Although Vekselberg is not currently on the list of those sanctioned by the European Union, it is by the United States Department of the Treasury (OFAC).

In fact, he is being investigated for tax fraud, money laundering and false documents in relation precisely to the concealment of the real ownership of this luxury yacht to try to avoid penalties.

The seized yacht has a Cook Islands flag and is registered in the name of a company based in the British Virgin Islands, which in turn is managed by companies in Panama, “all this following a complex financial and corporate plot to hide the true real ownership of it”, emphasizes the Civil Guard.

During the registration, various documentation and computer devices have been seized and will be analyzed to, among other things, corroborate the identity of its real owner.

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The search of the yacht has lasted more than five hours, whose seizure is added to the withholding from mid-March on Port Adriano (in Calvia) of the yacht “Lady Anastasia”, whose property is attributed to the manufacturer of Russian Alexander Mijeev Arms, derived from the sanctions against Russia and Belarusa, approved by the European Union.


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