Sanctioned Russian billionaire’s yacht is up for sale for 29.5 million euros

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A US-based luxury yacht broker is announcing the sale of a 168-foot superyacht, linked to Russian billionaire Igor Kesaev, for 29.5 million euros, according to an email seen by Reuters.

The proposed sale of the yacht MySky, disclosed in an emailed announcement from the brokerage to undisclosed recipients on Sept. 14, comes amid concerns from Western governments and activists that billionaires like Kesaev have managed to bypass a patchwork quilt. international sanctions, targeting its luxury assets such as yachts.

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The European Union and the United Kingdom sanctioned Kesaev in April following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with the EU citing his involvement in the production of military weapons and distribution of tobacco in Russia, as well as links with the Russian government “and its security forces.” ”. The US did not sanction Kesaev and the US Treasury did not respond to requests for comment.

Sara Gioanola, a spokeswoman for Heesen Yachts, the Dutch company that made the MySky, confirmed that Kesaev had ordered it, as well as another yacht, called the Sky.

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Reuters was unable to independently confirm that Kesaev still has direct ownership of MySky.

An article about Kesaev’s daughter and her art gallery in the spring 2021 issue of Heesen’s magazine noted that “the Kesaev family is well known for Heesen, having commissioned Sky and MySky over the past decade.”

A spokesman for Kesaev declined to answer questions about the yacht’s ownership or its impending sale.

The ad seen by Reuters was sent from an email address for Merle Wood & Associates of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which calls itself “one of the world’s leading yacht brokerages.” He circulated privately with a warning not to post the ad publicly. Reuters was unable to determine the recipients.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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