Russo-Ukrainian War: Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich moves his super yacht to avoid being seized

Roman Abramovichthe Russian tycoon who put Chelsea in England up for sale and is trying to mediate in the war between Russia and Ukraine, put his newest and most modern yacht in motion to avoid being seizedas happened to other millionaires close to Vladimir Putin.

It’s about the boat My Solari, which was custom built for Abramovich and has been in his possession for less than a year. For him, according to reports from the nautical community, spent over $500 million.

Depending on the application Marine trafficthe yacht set sail this morning from Barcelona and is sailing at a speed of 14.6 knots eastward, with an unknown destination.


Roman Abramovich’s yacht was last seen in Barcelona. Reuters photo.

The My Solaris, built by the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, it is 140 meters long and has 48 fully equipped cabinswith capacity for a crew of 60 people and space for 36 guests.

Solaris comes with state-of-the-art security, including a radar-controlled missile detection systembulletproof windows and armor protection.

Abramovich and his guests can enjoy a gym, sauna, jacuzzi, beauty salon and can access them by helicopter, landing at one of the two helipads it has. Additionally, Solaris has an open-air “beach club” in the aft section of the upper deck, as well as its own fleet of jet skis.

Abramovich’s decision is supported by what has happened in recent days with the boats of other Russian tycoons. In Germany, the Dilbar, a super yacht valued at nearly $600 million, owned by Alisher Usmanovone of the three richest men in Russia and with close ties to Putin.

My Solaris has a radar-controlled missile detection system.  Photo Reuters

My Solaris has a radar-controlled missile detection system. Photo Reuters

For its part, last week the French authorities placed in police custody four freighters and a luxury yacht linked to Russian oligarchs, while the United States and other countries have increased sanctions against super-rich Russians linked to Putin.

At least five other superyachts owned by Russian billionaires were anchored or sailing last week in the Maldives, an Indian Ocean island nation with no extradition treaty with the United States.

Roman Abramovich's super yacht is outfitted for 60 crew and 36 luxury guests.  Photo: AFP

Roman Abramovich’s super yacht is outfitted for 60 crew and 36 luxury guests. Photo: AFP

The stages of My Solaris, moreover, had already been anticipated. Witnesses had already seen a lot of movement on the boat in recent days, which suggested that it would set sail very soon.

Abramovich’s other boat, the Eclipse, 163 meters long, is also currently traveling near the British Virgin Islands. Both vessels fly the flag of Bermuda.

My Solaris was built in 2021 and customized for Abramovich.  Reuters photo.

My Solaris was built in 2021 and customized for Abramovich. Reuters photo.

In Barcelona, ​​meanwhile, there are currently three other yachts allegedly linked to Russian oligarchsaccording to Marine traffic. One of them is linked to Sergei Chemezov, head of the Russian defense and aerospace conglomerate Rostec, which was sanctioned last week by the United States.

The other two are owned by unsanctioned Russian oligarchs: Andrey Molchanov, the largest shareholder in Russian property builder LSR, and metallurgy magnate Mikhail Prokhorov.

My Solaris, Roman Abramovich's $500 million super yacht.

My Solaris, Roman Abramovich’s $500 million super yacht.

Who is Roman Abramovich

Born October 24, 1966 in Saratov, Russia, Roman Abramovich is today one of the richest and most famous tycoons in the world. It owns, at least for now, the world champion club, Chelsea of ​​England, and He has a fortune of around $13 billion..

This fortune Abramovich amassed in oil and aluminum trade which followed the chaos of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, he has been one of Russia’s best-known oligarchs, choosing the UK as his preferred destination to expand his business.

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, current world champion of the club.  Photo AP.

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea, current world champion of the club. Photo AP.

His links with Vladimir Putin have been highlighted in different public appearances and because of this he is linked to the Russian President, now in charge of the cruel invasion of Ukraine.

That is why Abramovich is afraid of losing part of his properties. The United States has imposed economic sanctions on the Russian oligarchs and although the Chelsea mogul is not on the list, he knows he could appear at any time.

But his latest actions could prevent him from entering this list: last week, according to different sources, he appeared last week as a mediator in the negotiation between Russia and Ukraine to end the attacks that began there almost two weeks ago.

Abramovich, next to Putin during a press conference.

Abramovich, next to Putin during a press conference.

Abramovich – who has been married and separated three times, the last in 2017 from Daria Zhukova – was a provincial governor in his country and has dual Russian and Israeli citizenship. In fact, staying active in the Jewish community of the former Soviet Union is something he shares with Ukrainian film producer Alexander Rodnyansky, who contacted him for his intermediation.

“I can confirm that the Ukrainian side tried to find someone in Russia willing to help them negotiate peace. They have a relationship with him through the Jewish community and have asked him for help. Although Abramovich’s influence was limited, he is the only one who responded to your requests for helpRodnyansky said.

Now, without being visually confirmed, Israeli media have claimed that the Russian tycoon is in belaruswhere peace is sought

Roman Abramovich has put the club he led to glory for the past two decades up for sale.  Photo: AFP

Roman Abramovich has put the club he led to glory for the past two decades up for sale. Photo: AFP

Waiting for, Abramovich left Chelsea administration, a club he bought in 2003 and in which he invested more than 2,000 million dollars to take him to the top of world football. And now he put it up for sale and said the net proceeds of this transaction will be donated to the victims of the war in Ukraine.

“In the almost 20 years that I have owned Chelsea FC, I have always seen my role as a team keeper whose job it is to make sure we are as successful as possible now while building towards the future. future and playing a positive role in communities,” the Russian tycoon said in a statement.

On the sporting level, in these two decades, the London club had the best time in its history: won two Champions League (2012, 2021), five Premier League (2005, 2006, 2010, 2015 and 2017) and five FA Cups (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2018), among other titles. At the beginning of February, moreover, the Blues won the Club World Cup for the first time.

With agency information.

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