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Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht seized by German authorities


Sanctioned Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht has been seized amid a crackdown on oligarchs pleasing Vladimir Putin.

The 512ft Dilbar, described as Usmanov’s most prized possession, was frozen by German authorities on Monday.

The ship, worth an estimated £600million, has been staying at shipyards in the northern city of Hamburg where it has been for refitting work since late October.

The transfer is part of an asset freeze on Usmanov after being sanctioned by the European Union in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Completely shrouded, the mega-yacht Dilbar sits in the Blohm Voss Dock Elbe 17 in the harbor

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht seized by German authorities

Sanctioned Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht has been seized by German authorities, it has been learned

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht seized by German authorities

The transfer is part of an asset freeze for Usmanov, 68 (pictured with Putin in the Kremlin in 2018) after he was sanctioned by the EU in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Dilbar was custom-built for Usmanov by German shipbuilder Lürssen and lasted 52 months.

She is one of the largest yachts in the world in terms of quantity and can accommodate over 100 passengers and crew in 58 cabins.

The yacht is part of Usmanov’s multi-billion pound fortune, which spans stakes in iron ore and metals, major Metalloinvest and consumer electronics agency Xiaomi, in addition to stakes in telecommunications, mining and media.

Usmanov, an oligarch linked to Vladimir Putin, was added to an inventory of those sanctioned by the European Union on Monday.

He knocked again on the EU in an announcement on the website of the International Fencing Federation, of which he is the president, writing: “On February 28, 2022, I became the target of the restrictive measures imposed by the European Union.

“I imagine that such a call is unfair, and the explanation used to justify the sanctions is a set of false and defamatory allegations that undermine my honor, my dignity and my corporate status.

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s megayacht seized by German authorities

Until this week, Usmanov had a sponsorship for Everton FC, which has since been suspended

“I would use all authorized means to protect my owner and my status.”

Despite pleas from MPs, Usmanov has yet to receive any sanctions in the UK.

Usmanov has several activities in Britain and until this week had a sponsorship dealing with Everton FC, who have since been suspended.

As recently as 2018, the 68-year-old held a 30% stake in Arsenal FC but bought it from US owner Stan Kroenke.

He also owns Beechwood House in the Highgate area of ​​North London and Sutton Place in Surrey – collectively worth over £200million.

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