A superyacht owned by a sanctioned Russian oligarch has been seized in Gibraltar, becoming the latest vessel to be seized by authorities.
The $75m (£57m) Axioma belonging to billionaire Dmitry Pumpyansky – owner and chairman of steel pipe manufacturer OAO TMK, which is a supplier to Russian state energy company Gazprom – was seized on Monday by British Overseas Territory authorities.
The news emerged as two of Roman Abramovich’s superyachts were spotted moored in ports in Turkey, having sailed to new locations after sanctions were extended to include owner Chelsea FC.
Yachts belonging to several Russian oligarchs hastily arranged unplanned departures, apparently moving them to avoid seizure by sanctions-enforcement governments after Russia invaded Ukraine. Turkey has yet to join Western economic sanctions against Russia.
After the seizure of Pumpyansky’s yacht by authorities in Gibraltar, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was doing “everything I could to cripple Russia’s aviation and shipping industries”.
“It’s not just here in the UK that these sanctions apply either. They are also reflected in our overseas territories.
Pumpyansky was added to the UK and EU sanctions lists earlier this month.
The nearly 163-metre (535-foot) yacht Eclipse, the largest in the Abramovich-linked fleet, arrived in Marmaris on Tuesday morning.
It had skirted European waters south of the Greek island of Crete during its voyage, according to data from the Marine Traffic website.
Eclipse, which flies the flag of Bermuda, had set sail east of St Maarten in the Caribbean to international waters in early March, shortly after the yachts of other oligarchs were seized.
The yacht has nine decks, two helipads and a 16-meter swimming pool that can be converted into a dance floor. It is the most expensive privately owned vessel on the growing US, EU and UK sanctions lists.
Meanwhile, the superyacht Solaris, worth an estimated $600 million and also owned by Abramovich, arrived in the Turkish port of Bodrum on Monday afternoon.
The nearly 138-meter vessel, which was delivered in 2021, left the port of Barcelona where it was under repair on March 8, appearing to join the unscheduled departures of Russian oligarchs moving their superyachts to avoid seizure by governments enforcing restrictions. penalties.
The Solaris was tracked passing the southern coast of Sicily on its journey to Turkey, although the tracking did not include any information on who was on board.
A spokesperson for Abramovich did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The arrival of Solaris and Eclipse comes just days after a Gulfstream private jet linked to Abramovich reportedly flew to Istanbul from Tel Aviv, according to flight tracking websites. Abramovich was photographed in the VIP lounge at Tel Aviv airport.
The tycoon was added to the list of those sanctioned by the UK and the EU earlier in March.
Along with assets including yachts and jets linked to the oligarch, Abramovich and his family have amassed a collection of British properties worth over £250million, numbering around 70 houses, buildings and land.
The information was compiled by the Russian Asset Tracker, a partnership involving the Guardian, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and other international news outlets that report on the wealth of Russia’s most powerful operators. Russia.