A $350 million private plane thought to be the most costly in the world was seized by US officials on Monday after being linked to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The Gulfstream, valued at $60 million, was seized first.
A warrant was signed by a federal magistrate judge permitting the seizure of the Gulfstream and a Boeing plane, both of which were estimated by officials to be worth less than $100 million before extensive customisation.
The incident occurs only days after the United States announced fresh sanctions and penalties on Russian billionaires and elites, Kremlin officials, businesses close to President Vladimir Putin and their yachts, aircraft and firms that manage them.
Joe Biden, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, made a commitment to go after Russia’s elites’ “ill-gotten gains.”
Abramovich, who recently sold his ownership in Chelsea F.C., a Premier League football club in London, is one of the wealthiest Russians whose assets are being monitored for sanctions violations following the invasion of Ukraine.
An FBI agent noted in an affidavit that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and the Gulfstream G650ER plane are subject to seizure since they were transported between March 4 and March 15 without licences being obtained in violation of sanctions established against Russia.
In the document, it is said that Abramovich had the authority of the Gulfstream through various shell corporations. According to the report, the plane had been in Moscow since the 15th of last month.
the plane was last seen in Dubai on March 4, when it returned on a round-trip flight from Dubai to Moscow, according to the affidavit,
Fatima Hussein, a Washington bureau reporter for the AP, contributed to this story.
The world’s most expensive car was seized by US authorities on Monday after being linked to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. US officials. The Gulfstream, which was worth $60 million, was the first to be taken.
A federal magistrate judge approved an order allowing the seizure of the Gulfstream and a Boeing plane, both of which were estimated by officials to be worth less than $100 million before considerable customisation..
Only a few days earlier, the United States had announced further sanctions and penalties on Russian oligarchs and elites, Kremlin officials, enterprises linked to President Vladimir Putin, and their yachts, aircraft, and companies that manage them.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the United States made a promise to go after Russia’s elites.
is a Russian billionaire whose assets are being scrutinised for possible sanctions violations following the invasion of Ukraine, and who recently transferred his stake in Chelsea F.C., a Premier League football team based in London, to the club.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and the Gulfstream G650ER plane, according to an FBI document, are vulnerable to seizure since they were transported between March 4 and March 15 without obtaining licences in contravention of sanctions enacted against Russia.
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Abramovich allegedly had control of the Gulfstream through a slew of sham companies. The aircraft had been parked in Moscow since the 15th of last month.
According to the affidavit, the plane was last spotted in Dubai after returning from a round-trip flight from Dubai to Moscow.