yacht linked to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich leaves Barcelona | world news


BARCELONA (Reuters) – A superyacht linked to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich left Barcelona on Tuesday where it was being repaired at a local shipyard, ship tracking data showed.

The 140-meter (460-foot) Solaris, which sails under the flag of Bermuda according to the monitoring site Marine Traffic, left the Barcelona shipyard of the Spanish company MB92 shortly after 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, according to the same site. . MB92 declined to comment.

The superyacht, which was built at a German shipyard and first sailed early last year, is one of a series of yachts owned by Abramovich, according to reports in Product Publications. luxury SuperYachtFan, SuperYacht Times and Forbes.

Abramovich, who put Chelsea football club up for sale last week and promised to donate the money from the proceeds to help victims of war in Ukraine, has so far only been the subject of no sanctions following the invasion of Moscow.

A spokeswoman for Abramovich said, “We never comment on the movements of the yacht or any other vehicle or vessel.”

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The boat had been at the Barcelona shipyard since late 2021, an industry source said. We didn’t know where he was headed.

The European Commission has prepared a new sanctions package against Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine, which will hit other Russian oligarchs and politicians and three Belarusian banks, three sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

French authorities last week temporarily detained four cargo ships and a luxury yacht linked to Russian oligarchs as the United States and other governments stepped up sanctions against Russian super-rich linked to President Vladimir Putin .

At least five other superyachts owned by Russian billionaires were anchored or sailing in the Maldives last week, an island nation within the nation of India without an extradition treaty with the United States.

There are currently three other yachts believed to be linked to Russian oligarchs at the Barcelona shipyard, according to Marine Traffic. One is linked to Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian aerospace and defense conglomerate Rostec, which was sanctioned by the United States last week.

The other two are believed to be owned by unsanctioned Russian oligarchs – Andrey Molchanov, the largest shareholder in Russian homebuilder LSR, and metals tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov.

Another superyacht, named Eclipse, which is also believed to be owned by Abramovich, was in Barcelona last fall and is now in the Caribbean Sea near the British Virgin Islands.

(Reporting by Joan Faus and Catarina Demony; Editing by Nathan Allen, Aislinn Laing and Sandra Maler)

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