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Ukraine President Urges Italy To Seize $700 Million Mystery Yacht Linked To Putin

A view exhibits the multi-million-dollar mega yacht Scheherazade, docked at a Tuscan port

ROME:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Italy on Tuesday to grab a thriller yacht price some $700 million that has been linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an deal with to the Italian parliament, Zelensky stated Putin and his rich backers typically went to Italy on vacation and may have all their property frozen to place strain on them to finish the invasion of Ukraine.

“Don’t be a resort for murderers. Block all their real estate, accounts and yachts – from the Scheherazade to the smallest ones,” he stated, referring to a superyacht that’s moored within the Italian port of Marina di Carrara.

The modern, six-deck vessel has two helicopter touchdown pads and might host up 18 company and 40 crew. Its proprietor has by no means been publicly recognized, however there have been insistent rumours within the media that it belongs to Putin or a member of his inside circle.

An organisation arrange by the imprisoned Alexei Navalny, a fierce Putin critic, launched a report on Monday saying it had proof that the boat belonged to the Russian chief.

It stated a lot of its crew had been drawn from Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO), which is tasked with defending the Russian president, and commonly flew to Italy.

The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a request for a touch upon whether or not Putin was the proprietor of the Scheherazade or on whether or not members of the FSO had been crew members.

An Italy police supply informed Reuters on Tuesday that investigators didn’t imagine the yacht was owned by anybody in Putin’s entourage. However, the supply added that the federal government was nonetheless attempting to determine who the proprietor was.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi informed parliament on Tuesday that his authorities had seized greater than 800 million euros of property owned in Italy by Russian businessmen as a part of EU sanctions focusing on Putin, his associates and associates.

However, officers have stated little or no is understood about what Putin would possibly personal, or the place he holds his property.

In order to use extra strain on Moscow, Zelensky informed Italian lawmakers that the European Union wanted to impose a full commerce embargo on Russia, together with a ban on oil purchases.

“Support a ban on entering your ports for Russian ships, so that they feel the cost of their aggression,” he stated.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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