A New York federal judge yesterday authorized the US government to seize two private jets owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The value of the two jets is at least 380 million euros.
Both jets would have flown to Russia in March, when export restrictions were already in place, according to U.S. Justice Department prosecutors. The sanctions were imposed by the United States during Putin’s rule after the February invasion of Ukraine. The planes will be confiscated and fined twice the value of the jets. It’s about the Boeing 787-8 and a Gulfstream G650ER, which together are worth at least 380 million euros.
It is not yet clear when the United States will be able to capture the jets. Boeing is currently based in Dubai and the Gulf Stream is still in Moscow.
Has nothing to do with the Kremlin
Roman Abramovich is a close associate of Russian oligarchy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and is known as the former owner of the British football club Chelsea. He had to do it earlier this year Sell the club Under pressure from UK sanctions.
Abramovich is not on the list of richest Russians allowed by the United States. He says he has no financial connection with the Kremlin. The U.S. Department of Commerce, however, decided to violate the sanctions by flying into Russia without the necessary permits.
According to FBI Assistant Director Michael Triskol, oligarchs such as Abramovich “helped to create the conditions for Russia to continue its deadly war in Ukraine.”