US authorities have detained another superyacht of Russian oligarchs

US authorities have detained another superyacht of Russian oligarchs

US authorities have detained another superyacht of Russian oligarchs 

Superyacht «Amadea»   US authorities have detained another superyacht of Russian oligarchs 

The vessel arrived in Hawaii after being arrested and ordered to confiscate it

The $300 million superyacht Amadea arrived in Hawaii last month at the request of U.S. authorities who claim it belongs to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, according to ship-tracking resource Refinitiv Eikon. /p>

The US Department of Justice Task Force KleptoCapture has focused on seizing yachts and other luxury goods from Russian oligarchs in an attempt to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine.

The 106-meter (350-foot) yacht left the port of Lautoka in Fiji last week after the Pacific island nation's Supreme Court ruled that the yacht must leave the country because it cost the government dearly to maintain it. Refinitiv data shows the ship docked at the port of Honolulu on Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, the ship arrived in Fiji, where it was detained on April 13, after an 18-day voyage from Mexico. FBI officials said in affidavits that the ship turned off its automated information systems on February 24, shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, to avoid arrest. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

Attorneys for the owner of Amadea, Millemarin Investment Ltd, registered in the Cayman Islands, told the Fiji court that Amadea is not owned by Kerimov, but by another Russian oligarch who has not been sanctioned, the former head of Rosneft, Eduard Khudainatov.

United States officials claim that Kerimov is the true owner of Amadea, while much of the evidence in the April 13 arrest warrant is not available to the media. Kerimov was subject to US sanctions in 2014 and 2018 in response to Russian actions in Syria and Ukraine. It has also come under EU sanctions.

According to the Equasis public shipping database, the Amadea was previously flagged by the Cayman Islands. Eikon data showed that the yacht arrived in Hawaii under the flag of the United States.