Former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has had his $808million superyacht kicked out of Turkey despite Turkish authorities allowing his other giant ship to remain in the country.
According to marine tracking data, the 140-meter-long Solaris is now sailing in the Aegean Sea after being forced out of the picturesque port of Bodrum.
The luxury yacht Solaris, flying the flag of Bermuda, with helipad, had been moored at the port in southern Turkey since March 22, after leaving Montenegro.
A group of protesters carrying Ukrainian flags emblazoned with the words “No War” then tried to prevent Solaris from docking.
A day after Solaris docked, Mr Abramovich’s other giant superyacht, the Eclipse, docked in Marmaris – a different port in Turkey.
The two ports are under the control of different owners, and that’s why Solaris was started while the 162-meter-long, six-story Eclipse is allowed to stay.
UK-based Global Ports Holding operates the port of Bodrum, so it forced Solaris out in order to comply with tough UK sanctions against Russia and Mr Abramovich.
Legal experts said Global Ports Holding risked legal action if it accepted port charges or other fees for hosting a superyacht linked to Mr Abramovich.
The Eclipse, considered the second largest superyacht in the world, does not face a similar situation in Marmaris.
It is unclear where Solaris is currently heading, which includes a helicopter hangar, tennis court, swimming pool and berths for approximately 100 guests and crew.
After the West imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs, Mr Abramovich mobilized his multi-billion dollar fleet of private planes and yachts.
Tracking data showed that Mr Abramovich’s planes – including a Boeing Dreamliner – were flying to and from Dubai, Israel, Turkey and Russia.
A 2017 study of Russian oligarchs published by the US-based National Economic Bureau estimated that up to $1.1 trillion is held by wealthy Russians in the UK, Switzerland, Cyprus and other countries. similar offshore banking centers.
Now a dual Israeli citizen with an estimated net worth of more than $18 billion, Mr Abramovich used his fortune to buy British football club Chelsea and homes in London and New York.
He and his now ex-wife frequently socialized with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the daughter and son-in-law of former President Donald Trump.
Recent reports suggest Mr Abramovich is on the hunt for a property in sun-drenched Dubai that has become a magnet for Russian oligarchs seeking to evade sanctions.
Turkey, a member of NATO, maintains close ties with Russia and Ukraine.
It criticized Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, but also positioned itself as a neutral party trying to mediate between the two.
Turkey has closed the Turkish Strait connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to most Russian warships, but has not imposed sanctions on Russia or closed its airspace to Russian flights.
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