A Fiji court allowed the US to remove the Amadea yacht, which the FBI believes is linked to sanctioned Suleiman Kerimov, in early June. According to ABC News, the yacht docked in San Diego on the afternoon of June 27th.
After stopping in Hawaii, the confiscated Amadea superyacht, which US authorities have linked to Russian billionaire and senator Suleiman Kerimov, has entered the port of San Diego in Southern California. It is reported by ABC News with reference to the statement of the US Department of Justice.
“The successful capture and transport of Amadea would not have been possible without the extraordinary cooperation of our foreign partners in the global effort to enforce US sanctions in response to Russia's unprovoked and unjustified war in Ukraine,”— said the ministry.
According to the channel, the ship will remain under the supervision of the US government until the official confiscation and subsequent sale. It is currently flying the American flag.
Fiji police detained the superyacht Amadea on April 14, after the vessel entered the state's exclusive economic zone after an 18-day passage from Mexico, which she committed under the flag of the Cayman Islands.
In early May, the Fiji Supreme Court allowed Amadea to be seized on a US warrant. On June 7, the court ruled that the superyacht should be taken out by the United States, since for the island nation it is a “waste” funds needed to maintain the vessel during lengthy legal disputes. A week later, the 106-meter yacht docked in Hawaii's capital city of Honolulu.
The FBI said operating costs for a $300+ million vessel are between $25 million and $30 million a year, and the United States will pay for the upkeep. vessel after it has been confiscated.
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After Russia launched a special operation in Ukraine, the US has already imposed several packages of sanctions against Moscow. In early March, the US Department of Justice announced the creation of a multi-agency task force, KleptoCapture, tasked with enforcing sanctions and export restrictions against Russia, as well as fighting “corrupt Russian oligarchs.” The group will explore ways to circumvent U.S. restrictive measures and anti-money laundering laws and search for their assets.
The website of the German shipbuilder Lürssen reports that the Amadea yacht was built at a shipyard in Hamburg . Its length— 106m, there are eight cabins on board, 36 people are engaged in servicing the vessel. The Superyacht Fan portal estimates the cost of the yacht at $ 325 million, and calls it an “unknown billionaire” as its owner.
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