With a length of 147 meters, the “Scheherazade” is one of the largest private yachts in the world! It has two helipads, four radar systems, a swimming pool, a cinema – and no longer has an owner!
In a colossal coup, the Italian financial police confiscated the ostentatious Scheherazade docked in Tuscany. Experts are certain: behind clever disguise, the ship (value: 650 million euros) belongs to the Kremlin despot and warmonger Wladimir Putin (69)!
Explosive: Apparently the strike against Russia’s president succeeded shortly before the ship was set to sea…
The Guardia di Finanza arrested the shipPhoto: FEDERICO SCOPPA / AFP
► The Kremlin barge (completed in 2020 in the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen) had come to Italy for maintenance work in the port of Marina di Carrara. He sent his last signal on March 2 at 5:46 p.m. from the dock of the luxury yacht company “Italian Sea Group”. The Cayman Islands-flagged yacht has long been a thorn in the side of Italian authorities.
► But the “Italian Sea Group” always denied any connection to Putin. The “Beilor Asset Ltd.” is officially registered as the owner on the Marshall Islands. According to Italian media, Eduard Khudainatov, the ex-head of the Russian state-owned company Rosneft, is registered as the owner.
For the team of Russian anti-corruption journalists (FBK) founded by Putin’s nemesis, the opposition leader Alexei Navalny (45), there is no doubt that the yacht belongs to Putin.
The journalist Maria Pevchikh (34) had already warned on Thursday that the ship could soon set sail in waters that are well-disposed towards the Kremlin.
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► As evidence, she and her colleagues revealed weeks ago that the approximately 70 Russian crew members of the “Scheherazade” are directly connected to Putin and his protection service FSO. The main task of the FSO is the security of the Russian President and the Russian government. The “New York Times” also reported on this, citing American secret service documents.
► In March, BILD reporters were on the ship when fishermen told them that the yacht “belongs to Putin”.
In an official statement, the government in Rome remained vague at first despite the ample evidence, attributing the ship to someone with ties to “prominent elements of the Russian government” and other people on the EU sanctions list.
Crew members hastily loaded the ship
Apparently, Italy’s finance minister, Daniele Franco, anticipated the departure of the “Scheherazade” and a possible escape from Italian territory with his decision to confiscate it.
The New York Times reported that the yacht was launched Tuesday after months in dry dock. Crew members were seen rushing to load the ship, and the yacht was refueled the previous week.