Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Superyacht Amadea reeled in by US

The 106-metre (348-foot) ship features a live lobster tank, a hand-painted piano, a swimming pool and a wine cellar.
The United States won a legal battle to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the US$325m vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation. Fiji's Supreme Court lifted a stay order which had prevented the U.S. from seizing the superyacht Amadea. The FBI linked the ship to Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. Kerimov made a fortune from Russian gold producer Polyus, with Forbes putting his net worth at $14.5b.
Lawyer Feizal Haniff represented paper owner Millemarin Investments, who argued the owner was another wealthy Russian who, unlike Kerimov, doesn't face sanctions. Paperwork appeared to show Eduard Khudainatov was the owner. He is the straw owner of a second and even larger superyacht, the Scheherazade, which has been linked to Putin.