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US costs two for safeguarding Russian oligarch’s tremendous yacht

US costs two for safeguarding Russian oligarch’s tremendous yacht

US costs two for safeguarding Russian oligarch’s tremendous yacht

The US unveiled legal costs Friday in opposition to two males who it mentioned sought to guard sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg’s $90 million superyacht from seizure.

The US Justice Division charged Vladislav Osipov, 51, a twin Russian and Swiss nationwide, and British citizen Richard Masters, 52, with sanctions evasion and cash laundering associated to their working the 255-foot (78 meter) luxurious yacht Tango after Vekselberg was hit with sanctions.

Masters was arrested in Spain Friday on a US extradition request whereas Osipov is at massive, the Justice Division mentioned.

It mentioned that after billionaire Vekselberg, the top of conglomerate Renova Group and an in depth affiliate of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was sanctioned in 2018, the 2 males used shell firms to cover Vekselberg’s continued possession and use of the yacht.

Masters, who ran a yacht administration firm in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, modified the yacht’s identify to Fanta to assist keep away from sanctions restrictions whereas protecting it operating.

US sanctions typically forbid US firms and corporations like banks with US arms from doing enterprise with a sanctioned entity.

“Osipov and Masters suggested and enabled Tango workers to proceed to do enterprise with quite a few US firms, utilizing varied workarounds to keep away from sanctions, comparable to funds in different currencies and thru third events,” the division mentioned.

The Tango was seized in April 2022 in Spain. It’s one in all a number of luxurious yachts owned by Russian tycoons that the US has had seized to implement sanctions, each earlier than and after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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