– A mysterious mega yacht immobilized by Italian authorities
The yacht, valued at more than 690 million francs, was immobilized in a port in Tuscany this Friday. Italy has not revealed the identity of the owner, but speculation is rife.
A mysterious megayacht valued at around $700 million, whose owners’ names have not been released, and which appeared to be on its way out, was decommissioned by Italian authorities on Friday.
The Italian authorities’ investigation “has made it possible to establish significant economic and business connections between the person officially owning the ship Scheherazade and significant figures in the Russian government” and Russian figures sanctioned by the West after the invasion of Ukraine, according to a statement by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Following this investigation, “the Minister of Economy and Finance, Daniele Franco, signed a decree immobilizing” the ship, adds the press release.
After several months in dry dock in Italy’s Tuscany region, the ship was launched and appeared ready to depart, an AFP photographer noted on Friday. Released in 2020 by the German Lürssen shipyards, the “Scheherazade”, 140 meters long, has two helicopter platforms, a swimming pool, a cinema and an anti-drone battery, believe the administrators of the SuperYachtFan site, who present themselves as investigative journalists.
The big question remains: who owns the “Scheherazade”? A Russian oligarch or someone even higher? The main thing is that it is Russian… The press release from the Italian ministry does not name the owner. Russian dissident Alexei Navalny’s team credits this sea monster to Vladimir Putin. In particular, it is based on a list of crew members, including several members of the FSO, the Russian Federal Service for the Protection of Personalities.
Wrong, replies The Italian Sea Group, which took care of the maintenance of the ship in its shipyard. “The property of Scheherazade cannot be attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the company responded in a press release, citing “the documents in its possession and the results of the controls carried out by the relevant authorities.”
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