Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, a Putin friend who fled Ukrainian space arrest when the Russian invasion started, is also at the run — however his $200 million megayacht is firmly anchored in Croatia.
If Ukraine falls, Medvedchuk is Putin’s best choice to go a puppet govt within the shattered nation. He has been on US sanctions lists since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. In Might, Ukraine arrested Medvedchuk for top treason and for plundering state assets in Crimea, which was once unlawfully annexed through Russia in 2014.
Medvedchuk is thought to be in Russia, or at his lavish Crimean property. However despite the fact that he’s sanctioned in america, the EU remains to be on pleasant phrases with him — partly as a result of officers there are stated to consider he is also an invaluable peace dealer. Up to now, he’s brokered prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine, diplomats say.
For now, Medvedchuk’s $200 million megayacht — Royal Romance — stays in complete view, docked within the lovely port the town of Rijeka, Croatia. Royal Romance was once constructed within the Netherlands in 2014, the similar yr Russia invaded Crimea.
The yacht comes provided with a 40-foot lengthy pool that feeds an onboard waterfall, plus 4 sun-splashed platforms wrapped in glass.
In case any person will get any concepts to sabotage Medvedchuk’s expensive plaything — the way in which Ukrainian Taras Ostapchuk flooded Girl Anastasia, the Spanish-docked megayacht owned through an palms dealing oligarch — there’s a neighborhood safety company status guard, famous native resident John Clayton, who previously headed the democratization division on the Group for Safety and Cooperation in Europe’s Project to Serbia.
“It’s been right here for the previous yr. We’ve watched it with some disgust. It’s now guarded through a personal safety guard,” Clayton advised The Submit. Clayton equipped The Submit with an image he took of the superyacht.
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Clayton says he alerted the British and American embassies to the yacht’s location.
“I’ve been emailing the British Embassy, however they’re ignoring me. Then again, america Embassy is monitoring it now,” Clayton claimed.
Medvedchuk, a felony eagle became oil and media rich person — whose 3 pro-Putin propaganda TV stations have been taken off the air in Ukraine — could also be a pro-Putin baby-kisser, and he owes his oil-based fortune to his ties to the Russian dictator.
The 2 are so shut that Putin is godfather to one among Medvedchuk’s two daughters. The dictator and the rich person reportedly watch Components One races in combination. Putin as soon as stored a Ukrainian president ready as a result of he was once having dinner with Medvedchuk, Russia professional Anders Aslund advised The Submit.
Medvedchuk is reportedly value round $620 million, consistent with Forbes, however Aslund says he’s value way more because of stashing illicit price range in offshore accounts.
The megayacht is registered within the Cayman Islands. And this can be very pricey to care for — possibly as much as $1 million a month. “We haven’t any concept how that is being paid for the reason that he’s now at the run,” Clayton stated.
Then again Clayton did have some tips on what to do with the yacht now.
“Morally, it will have to both be seized and offered, with the property going to strengthen the folks of Ukraine, or it will have to be used to accommodate the Ukrainian refugees now arriving in Croatia. For my part, we favor the latter choice, but it surely will have to be as much as the Ukrainian other people to come to a decision because it was once bought with wealth stolen from their nation,” Clayton stated.