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The U.S. Seizes a Russian Oligarch Yacht

Here’s all the boats taken so far.

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty Images
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty Images
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty Images

In early March, a European vogue for seizing Russian oligarch yachts swept the world. And then the fad stopped — until now. This morning, observers reported Spanish police and the FBI entering Tango, a yacht docked in the stunning harbor of Palma de Mallorca. Tango is owned by Viktor Vekselberg, a friend of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Here, to our knowledge, are all the boats seized so far in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Tango, seen here in 2014. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Owner: Viktor Vekselberg.
Seized by: The United States, in its first high-seas adventure, in cooperation with Spanish authorities, who have become experts in the taking of big boats. The U.S. sanctioned “Kremlin insider” Vekselberg, who has a U.S. green card and residences in the New York City area, in early March. It’s also after his plane, an Airbus A319.
On: ~ April 4.
Current location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain.


Ragnar seen here in Oslo, in the before times. Photo: WireImage

Owner: Vladimir Strzhalkovsky.
Seized by: It’s not technically seized, and its owner is not on the E.U. sanction list even. But the big sleek boat is in Norway and everyone is refusing to give it fuel. So it’s … stranded? Beached?
On: March 16.
Current location: Narvik.


Owner: Igor Sechin, most probably (people like to say Putin owns this boat, is why we say that). Former Putin deputy and former head of Russian state oil company; also, he’s single!
Seized by: Spain.
On: Possibly March 4, but widely announced March 16.
Current suspected location: Tarragona, Catalonia.

Lady Anastasia

Spotted on March 15 in Calvia Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Owner: Alexander Mikheyev. Runs the helicopters division of a subsidiary of Rostec; the yacht just survived an attack last month by a Ukrainian sailor. He told the crew to abandon ship and then tried to sink it. “I don’t regret anything I’ve done,” he said. (He was arrested.)
Seized by: Spain.
On: March 15.
Last location: Calvia, a Mallorca marina.


Valerie, seen here in happier times (moving through water). Photo: Getty Images

Owner: Sergei Chemezov. KGB man, Putin pal from Dresden, CEO of Rostec; barred from entering the U.S. since 2014 (whom among us).
Seized: March 14.
By: Spain.
Location: Barcelona.

Sailing Yacht A

Sailing Yacht A was also stripped of its registration to the Isle of Man. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Owner: Andrey Melnichenko. Made his riches in banking and fertilizer; certainly a billionaire; once hired Jennifer Lopez to do a private concert for his wife’s birthday. Has another extremely large boat, the Motor Yacht A, which we’re keeping an eye on.
Seized: ~March 11.
By: Italy.
Suspected current location: Trieste.

Lady M

Seen in Imperia on March 7. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Owner: Alexei Mordashov. They like to call him Russia’s richest man, because he probably is (we say “probably” because Putin kind of owns everything); has another very nice boat, Nord, but it’s in Seychelles, where it won’t be grabbed … at this time.
Seized by: Italy.
On: ~ March 4.
Suspected current location: Imperia.

Amore Vero

The Amore Vero, spotted here in early March. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Owner: Igor Sechin. Sometimes you need two boats, after all. (Then you have none.)
Seized by: France.
On: March 3.
Current location: La Ciotat.


Lena, seen here in her new home. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Owner: Gennady Timchenko. When your friend (Putin) gives you a license to enrich yourself in the oil trade, what could go wrong? Besides being sanctioned since 2014.
Seized by: Italy.
On: ~March 5.
Current location: Sanremo.


The megayacht Dilbar, seen here at the end of February, is completely shrouded. Photo: dpa/picture alliance via Getty I

Owner: Alisher Usmanov.
Seized by: Germany.
On: March 3 (?).
Current location: Hamburg?
Status: Dilbar is either seized or frozen; at the very least, the staff (96 of them) wasn’t able to be paid and so the boat is effectively impounded no matter what.

America Seizes a Russian Oligarch’s Yacht