2022-06-06 20:16

2022-06-06 20:16

The United States has ordered the seizure of two Abramovich aircraft in violation of sanctions
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The US Commerce Department ordered the seizure of two planes by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich on Monday after he shipped two US-made Boeing 787 Dreamliners and a Gulfstream G650 ER to Russia without a license, in violation of sanctions.

The Ministry of Commerce said that in February Abramovich appointed his children who live in Russia as owners of two “jungle companies” that own these planes, but it turns out that the oligarchy still controls them.

The Dreamliner and Gulfstream were shipped to Russia in March. Federal prosecutors in a Manhattan courtroom are now tasked with finding a way to seize the machines. Abramovich himself is not yet subject to US sanctions, but imposed by the European Union.

On March 15, the BBC reported that Abramovich’s plane had landed in Moscow via Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

Four days later, the US Department of Commerce announced that the US had grounded nearly 100 aircraft used by Russian companies and citizens, including Abramovich’s private jet.

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