Yacht linked to Russian oligarch Abramovich docks in Bodrum, Turkey

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Motor yacht ‘Solaris’, linked to Russian oligarch and politician Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, is seen in Porto Montenegro waters in Tivat, Montenegro March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic/File Photo

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ISTANBUL, March 21 (Reuters) – A superyacht linked to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich docked in the Turkish tourist resort of Bodrum on Monday, after skirting the waters of European Union countries that sanctioned the oligarch for the Russian invasion from Ukraine.

Abramovich was among several wealthy Russians added to an EU blacklist last week, and EU governments have moved in recent days to seize yachts and other luxury assets from them.

World governments are seeking to insulate President Vladimir Putin and his allies from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Read more

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Abramovich traveled to Moscow last week after leaving Istanbul in his private jet. According to flight tracking data, it was the second trip for an Abramovich-bound jet from the Turkish city to the Russian capital in three days. Read more

A spokesperson for Abramovich did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

There was no indication that Abramovich was on the 140-meter (460ft) yacht Solaris when it docked in Bodrum on Monday afternoon, just over a week after leaving the resort town of Tivat, Montenegro , March 13.

Since then the vessel, which flies the flag of Bermuda according to monitoring site Marine Traffic, had tracked south and rounded the Greek island of Crete in recent days before reaching Turkish waters on Monday morning.

He spent the day cruising north, skirting the Turkish coast and away from nearby Greek islands, before arriving in Bodrum where footage showed the towering white vessel towering over other moored boats.

The superyacht was built at a German shipyard and first set sail early last year. It is one of a series of yachts owned by Abramovich, according to reports in luxury goods publications SuperYachtFan, SuperYacht and Forbes.

Her last voyage began on March 8 when she left a Barcelona shipyard where she was being repaired. Read more

A second yacht linked to Abramovich, Eclipse, is currently sailing south of the Greek island of Rhodes and also appears to be on its way to Turkey, according to Marine Traffic.

Several groups have been confirmed as bidders to buy English football club Chelsea from Abramovich, which was also hit by British government sanctions following the invasion of Russia. Read more

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Reporting by Yesim Dikmen and Dominic Evans; Additional reporting by Catarina Demony; Written by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer, Mark Heinrich and Alexander Smith

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