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Italy confiscates Putin’s alleged mega-yacht

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A yacht worth 640 million euros had been in dry dock for months and now wanted to leave port – but Italian authorities prevented it Corruption investigators are certain it belongs to the Russian president. More in the live ticker

DItalian authorities have arrested the mega yacht “Scheherazade” lying in a Tuscan shipyard. The investigations revealed “important economic and commercial ties between the official owner of the ‘Scheherazade’ and important figures in the Russian government”, the Italian economy ministry said on Friday.

Apparently, the Minister of Finance, Daniele Franco, anticipated the departure and possible escape of the Scheherazade from Italian territory with his decision to confiscate the ship. The New York Times reported this week that the yacht was launched on Tuesday after months in dry dock. Crew members were seen rushing to load the vessel and the yacht was refueled the previous week.

The ministry did not release the name of the owner. According to Italian media, Eduard Khudainatov, the ex-head of Russian state-owned company Rosneft, is registered as the owner. The oil manager is also named as the owner of the super yacht Amadea, which was seized in Fiji on Tuesday.

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Members of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation had awarded the yacht to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Luxury yacht company The Italian Sea Group, which last worked on the vessel, announced a few weeks ago that according to documents Putin is not the owner.

Built in 2020 by the German company Lürssen, the ship will have two helipads, a swimming pool and a cinema, according to the specialized site SuperYachtFan, and is worth around 640 million euros.

Since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24, numerous yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs have been confiscated in Europe and around the world.

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Biden called on parliament to quickly approve more arms shipments. “Congress must quickly provide the funds needed to strengthen Ukraine on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.” Funds approved so far are “almost exhausted”.

The United States has already pledged more than $3 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the Russian aggression war began on February 24. Congressional approval is required for additional funds. Basically, there is bipartisan support in the US House. However, Biden had demanded an unprecedented $33 billion.

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Ukrainians must strictly follow the orders of the authorities and observe local curfews. Zelenskyy said it was forbidden to enter the forests occupied by the Russian army because of the danger of mines.

Next Monday, May 9, Russia will celebrate the Soviet victory over Hitler’s Germany in World War II. In Ukraine, there are fears that Russia is planning particularly violent attacks on Ukraine on VE Day. Curfews lasting several days would be in force in certain towns near the front.

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