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New US sanctions target Russia-linked yachts and planes, Putin’s money manager


The US Treasury announced, on Thursday, new sanctions against Russian personalities and yachts as part of an attempt to “undermine the main networks used by Russian elites, including President Vladimir Putinto try to hide and move funds and take advantage of luxury assets around the world anonymously.”

The Treasury Department’s foreign asset control official said the measures were aimed at “a Kremlin-biased yacht brokerageand several prominent Russian government officials, Putin’s close partner and money manager, Sergey Roldugin, and the trustee of President Putin’s foreign fortune.

“Russian elites, even President Putin, rely on complex support networks to conceal, transfer and preserve their luxury wealth and assets,” Brian Nelson, the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement. “Today’s action demonstrates that the Treasury can and will prosecute those responsible for protecting and preserving these illicit interests.”

Targeted entities Thursday include “the Cayman Islands-flagged Olympia and the Russia-flagged Olympia,” which the Treasury says are “prohibited property of interest to President Vladimir Putin.”

The yacht “Graceful” of Russian President Vladimir Putin is moored in the port of Sochi, Russia, July 13, 2015. (Marcus Brandt/Image Alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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While in command of Russia, Putin made several trips on these yachts, including a 2021 trip in the Black Sea where he was joined by Alexander Lukashenko, the corrupt OFAC-designated governor of Belarus, who supported Russia’s war against Ukraine. “

In addition to targeting Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Treasury says it has imposed sanctions on Putin’s financial “middleman”, Sergei Roldugin.

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“Sergei Roldugin is a close friend and part of the regime managing President Putin’s foreign wealth,” their statement read. “The two have known each other for more than four decades, and Roldugin is the godfather of one of Putin’s daughters. Roldugin is a cellist, conductor and artistic director of the St. Petersburg House of Music, a state-owned cultural institution in Russia.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and businessman Sergei Roldugin

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an order to businessman and cellist Sergei Roldugin during an award ceremony held at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on September 22, 2016. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Sanctions also targeted the Cayman Islands-flagged yacht Madame Joe and a helicopter on board, which imposed sanctions on “Russian State Duma member and billionaire Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch,” according to the Treasury.

“Madame Jo’s 324-foot tall, $156 million Madame Joe includes an elevator, beach club and gym, and requires major maintenance and repair, including nearly $1 million for paint annually,” she added.

Flying Fox luxury yacht docked in Dominican Republic

The Flying Fox luxury yacht is seen mooring in Don Diego Harbor on April 7, 2022 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Treasury says it is “the largest yacht currently available for charter through Imperial Yachts.” (Ethan Swopp/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Other new sanctions targets on Thursday include Yuri Slyusar, “the head of United Aircraft, a Russian state-owned company that has supplied aircraft that the Russian military has used to threaten and destabilize Ukraine” — and Imperial Yachts SARL, which also has “yacht-related services to elites,” the Treasury said. Russian Federation, including those in President Putin’s inner circle.


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“When the yachts are not in use by the owners, they can be offered for rent through companies like Imperial Yachts, generating income for the owners, who are in some cases among Russia’s oligarchs,” she added.

Russian yacht Flying Fox seen from the air

An aerial view of the Russian yacht Flying Fox in Don Diego Harbor, in Santo Domingo, on March 25, 2022. (Erica Santilis/AFP/FB via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“As a result of today’s actions, all property and interests in property of the persons identified above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC,” the Treasury statement concluded.

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