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Five superyachts belonging to Russian billionaires spotted in the Maldives

At least five superyachts owned by Russian billionaires are anchored or sailing in the Maldives, an Indian Ocean island nation that does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, ship tracking data showed.

The arrival of the ships in the archipelago off Sri Lanka follows the imposition of harsh Western sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Late Wednesday, Forbes reported that Germany had seized Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s mega yacht from a Hamburg shipyard.

Usmanov was on a list of billionaires facing European Union sanctions on Monday.

A Forbes report based on three yacht industry sources said his 512ft yacht Dilbar, valued at $600million, had been seized by German authorities.

Earlier, the superyacht Clio, owned by Oleg Deripaska, the founder of aluminum giant Rusal, which was sanctioned by the United States in 2018, was anchored off the capital Male, according to the maritime database. MarineTraffic.

The Titan, owned by Alexander Abramov, co-founder of steel producer Evraz, arrived on February 28.

Three other yachts belonging to Russian billionaires were seen in Maldives waters on Wednesday, the data showed.

They include the 88-meter (288-foot) Nirvana owned by Russia’s richest man, Vladimir Potanin.

Most of the ships were last seen anchored in Middle Eastern ports earlier in the year.

The United States said it would take strict measures to seize the property of sanctioned Russians.

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