Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday that two days after the European Union imposed sanctions on her, German authorities confiscated her yacht, Delbar, worth about $600 million (537 million euros).
“No yachts have been confiscated,” Susanna Minneke, spokeswoman for the department responsible for economic affairs in northern Germany, told AFP.
A second political source, who requested anonymity, refuted this information.
However, the 156-meter yacht can remain stationary in Hamburg due to the ban on the transport of goods to Russia without a special permit.
“You can assume that from now on there will be no more yachts leaving,” Michael Westagman, the city state’s economy minister, said on Tuesday.
According to the media, Dilbar is currently at the shipyard of Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
In contact with AFP, Bloom + Voss declined to comment.
“The assets of the oligarchy must be frozen immediately, and the federal government will do everything necessary with the appropriate authorities,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said today during a press conference.
However, France seized a yacht and a cargo ship belonging to Russian personalities and paralyzed three others also belonging to individuals or legal entities subject to European sanctions imposed in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.
The yacht Amore Vero, owned by Igor Stechine, head of the state oil company Rosneft, is in the shipyards in La Ciotat (southeast) and was confiscated by French customs officials on suspicion that he intended to sail and leave France. Judicial waters, the Ministry of Finance explained today.
Last week, the French Navy intercepted the merchant ship Baltic Leader in the English Channel, which had left Rouen and was taken to another French port, Boulogne-sur-Mer, where the capture took place.
In addition, there are three other cargo ships stuck in the ports of Fos-sur-Mer, Saint Malo and Lorient, because they are owned by persons or companies on the EU sanctions list.
Sources of the Ministry of Finance state that the sanctions adopted by the European Union provide for the freezing of all assets and financial assets of 510 personalities or entities close to the regime of Vladimir Putin.
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