Putin pal’s $200M yacht spotted in Croatia after Ukraine treason charge


Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, a Putin pal who fled Ukrainian home arrest when the Russian invasion started, could also be on the run — however his $200 million megayacht is firmly anchored in Croatia. 

If Ukraine falls, Medvedchuk is Putin’s best choice to move a puppet authorities in the shattered nation. He has been on US sanctions lists since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. In May, Ukraine arrested Medvedchuk for prime treason and for plundering state resources in Crimea, which was unlawfully annexed by Russia in 2014. 

Medvedchuk is believed to be in Russia, or at his lavish Crimean property. But though he’s sanctioned in the US, the EU remains to be on pleasant phrases with him — in half as a result of officers there are mentioned to consider he could also be a helpful peace dealer. In the previous, he’s brokered prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine, diplomats say. 

For now, Medvedchuk’s $200 million megayacht — Royal Romance — stays in full view, docked in the beautiful port city of Rijeka, Croatia. Royal Romance was constructed in the Netherlands in 2014, the identical year Russia invaded Crimea. 

The yacht comes outfitted with a 40-foot lengthy pool that feeds an onboard waterfall, plus 4 sun-splashed platforms wrapped in glass. 

In a photograph shared with The Post, John Clayton — who previously headed the democratization division on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission to Serbia — snapped an image of Viktor Medvedchuk’s yacht in Rijeka, Croatia, the place it’s being guarded by safety.

In case anybody will get any concepts to sabotage Medvedchuk’s dear plaything — the way in which Ukrainian Taras Ostapchuk flooded Lady Anastasia, the Spanish-docked megayacht owned by an arms dealing oligarch — there’s an area safety agency standing guard, famous native resident John Clayton, who previously headed the democratization division on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission to Serbia. 

“It’s been here for the past year. We’ve watched it with some disgust. It’s now guarded by a private security guard,” Clayton informed The Post. Clayton supplied The Post with an image he took of the superyacht.

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Clayton says he alerted the British and American embassies to the yacht’s location. 

“I’ve been emailing the British Embassy, but they are ignoring me. However, the US Embassy is tracking it now,” Clayton claimed. 

Putin ally and oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk has been on US sanctions lists since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea.
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Medvedchuk, a authorized eagle turned oil and media mogul — whose three pro-Putin propaganda TV stations have been taken off the air in Ukraine — can be a pro-Putin politician, and he owes his oil-based fortune to his ties to the Russian dictator. 

The two are so shut that Putin is godfather to certainly one of Medvedchuk’s two daughters. The dictator and the mogul reportedly watch Formula One races collectively. Putin as soon as stored a Ukrainian president ready as a result of he was having dinner with Medvedchuk, Russia professional Anders Aslund informed The Post. 

Medvedchuk is reportedly price round $620 million, based on Forbes, however Aslund says he’s price much more because of stashing illicit funds in offshore accounts.

The $200 million Royal Romance is the yacht of US-sanctioned Ukrainian oligarch and Putin ally Viktor Medvedchuk.
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The megayacht is registered in the Cayman Islands. And this can be very costly to take care of — maybe as much as $1 million a month. “We have no idea how this is being paid given that he’s now on the run,” Clayton mentioned. 

However Clayton did have some ideas on what to do with the yacht now. 

“Morally, it should either be seized and sold, with the assets going to support the people of Ukraine, or it should be used to house the Ukrainian refugees now arriving in Croatia. Personally, we prefer the latter option, but it should be up to the Ukrainian people to decide as it was purchased with wealth stolen from their country,” Clayton mentioned.