Elon Musk jet-tracking teen targeting Russian oligarchs’ yachts


The school child recognized for making a Twitter account that follows Elon Musk’s non-public jet has a brand new goal – the ultra-luxurious superyachts owned by Russia’s oligarchs.

Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old freshman on the University of Central Florida, arrange the newest monitoring account because the US and different international locations crack down on Russia’s richest people in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Authorities have begun seizing superyachts owned by oligarchs, such because the $120 million vessel owned by oil magnate Igor Sechin.

The @RussiaYachts account is “not automated yet,” in response to Sweeney – that means future updates will come manually till he has programmed a bot to do the work. He posted a listing of yachts that he plans to trace, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “Graceful,” Oleg Deripaska’s “Clio” and Vladimir Potanin’s “Barbara” and “Nirvana.”

Sweeney didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for additional remark.

The worldwide group has elevated scrutiny of Russian billionaires because it seems to be for methods to convey the Ukraine battle to an finish. During his State of the Union tackle, President Biden warned oligarchs that his administration deliberate to grab their “ill-gotten gains,” together with yachts.

Jack Sweeney famous his new account monitoring Russian oligarch’s yachts is just not but automated.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started final month, Sweeney additionally arrange monitoring accounts for personal jets owned by outstanding Russian oligarchs, in addition to planes utilized by or related to Putin himself.

Sweeney drew nationwide consideration earlier this year after The Post and different shops reported that Musk supplied him $5,000 to disable a Twitter account monitoring his non-public jet’s actions. Musk described the monitoring bot as a “security risk.”

“I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase,” Musk mentioned in direct messages to Sweeney on Twitter.

Jack Sweeney first gained notoriety for his account that retains tabs on Elon Musk’s non-public jet.
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Sweeney counteroffered with a request for $50,000 and an internship, however Musk finally stopped responding to his messages.

The tech-savvy school child parlayed the state of affairs right into a job provide from Stratos Jet Charters, an Orlando-based non-public constitution flight agency. He additionally started promoting merchandise and is pursuing one other avenues to monetize his monitoring accounts.