Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the international community has issued sanctions and taken other punitive measures against Russian officials and oligarchs.

As a result, superyachts and other assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars belonging to some of Russia’s wealthiest people have been seized or detained.

While the United States and other Western allies have continued to take action against wealthy Russians, ship tracking websites have shown large numbers of luxury yachts leaving Europe in recent weeks to destinations such as than the Maldives, which does not have an extradition treaty with Washington.

Here are the Russian-related superyachts that have been detained so far.


Russian link: This vessel is owned by Russia’s largest steel pipe maker, billionaire Dmitrievich Pumpyansky, who has been sanctioned by the EU.

Date held: On March 21, the Axiom docked in Gibraltar and was later arrested by authorities.

Cut: The yacht is 72 meters long and is owned by British Virgin Islands company Pyrene Investments, of which Mr Pumpyansky is believed to be a beneficiary.

Flag: The vessel was sailing under the Maltese flag.

Little Bear I and Little Bear II

A cyclist passes 24-meter-long 'La Petite Ourse', owned by Russian oligarch Alexei Kuzmichev, which is moored in the port of Antibes, southern France.  AFP

Russian connection: Alexey Kuzmichev, 59, is one of the main shareholders of the Alfa group. In a March 15 announcement, the EU said Mr Kuzmichev had “well-established ties with the Russian president”. His two yachts, Little Bear I and Little Bear II, together are worth more than $100 million.

Date held: The two yachts were seized on March 22 in Cannes and Antibes in France.

Cut: Little Bear I is 17 meters long and worth 22 million dollars while Little Bear II is 26 meters long and worth $77 million.

Love Vero

The superyacht 'Amore Vero', which French authorities say is linked to the chief executive of Rosneft, is seen at the port of La Ciotat near Marseille, France.  Reuters

Russian connection: Although unconfirmed, the Love Vero is suspected of having links with the sanctioned Russian managing director of the oil company Rosneft Igor Sechin, whom the EU calls one of the “most trusted and closest advisers” to Russian President Vladimir Putin and one of the “the most powerful members of the Russian political elite”.

Date held: French authorities said they had seized the Love Vero on March 4 as he attempted to leave French territorial waters. A statement from France’s economy ministry said the ship was due to undergo repairs that would take three months but was “making arrangements to sail urgently” without completing the work.

Cut: The 86-meter-long vessel is valued at $120 million.


Superyacht 'Crescent', which has been detained by Spanish authorities, is seen moored at Marina Port Tarraco in Tarragona, Spain.  Reuters

Russian connection: It is also believed to belong to Igor Schin, the Crescent was arrested by Spanish authorities while moored in the Mediterranean port city of Tarragona. Authorities said they would keep the yacht until they determine its true owner.

Date held: He was seized on March 16 when he was supposed to leave on March 4, but never did.

Cut: Measuring 135 meters in length, this yacht is considered one of the largest in the world and sailed under the flag of the Cayman Islands. Specialized site SuperYachtFan estimates that the ship is worth $600 million.

Lady Anastasia

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Russian connection: Also in Majorca in Spain, the authorities retained the Mrs Anastasia, which is owned by Russian oligarch Alexander Mikheyev, managing director of Russian company Rosoboronexport, a state-owned defense exporter. The ship was partially sunk by a Ukrainian worker on board to protest the Russian invasion and the alleged owner’s involvement in supplying arms to the war effort.

Date held: On March 15, local media said authorities were sealing the boat and preventing it from leaving.

Cut: 47 meters long, the boat is estimated at 7.15 million dollars and sails under the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.


The superyacht 'Valerie', seized by the Spanish government, is moored in Barcelona, ​​Spain.  Bloomberg

Russian connection: During a new seizure by the Spanish authorities, this time in Barcelona, ​​the Valerie reportedly linked to Russian aerospace and defense conglomerate chief Sergei Chemezov, owner of Rostec. It was sanctioned by the United States.

Date held: the Valerie was arrested on March 15 for belonging to what Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called “one of Russia’s top oligarchs”. “There will be more,” Mr. Sanchez told national television. The ship was under repair at the time of its capture.

Cut: The 85-meter-long boat is estimated at $140 million.

Sailboat A

'Sailing Yacht A' belonging to Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko is seen in front of the Port of Monaco.  Reuters

Russian connection: Owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, the huge ship was seized by Italian police in the port of Trieste.

Date held: Authorities arrested the vessel on March 12.

Cut: At a whopping 142 meters long, Sailboat A is one of only three sailing yachts over 100 meters and is the largest private sailing motor yacht in the world. Currently under the flag of the Isle of Man, the ship is valued at $600 million by the trade publication SuperYachtFan.

Lady M and Lena

A view of the yacht 'Lady M', owned by Russian oligarch Alexei Mordashov, where it is moored in the port of Imperia, Italy.  PA

Russian connection: Also in Italy, the police arrested the Lady M owned by steel magnate and supposedly richest man in Russia, Alexey Mordashov, in the port of Imperia. the Lena yacht belonging to Gennady Timchenko, a Russian oil and gas tycoon, was “stranded” in Sanremo.

Date held: Authorities took over the ships on March 4.

Cut: the Lady M is 65 meters long and costs $55 million. We know less about the Lena which, according to the Italian authorities, is 42 meters long.

Quantum Blue


Russian connection: the Quantum Blue is owned by a company linked to Russian billionaire Sergei Galitsky, who heads Rosneft, making him the second company executive to be hit by boat seizures. The vessel was seized in the south of France in Monaco’s Port Hercule.

Date held: The authorities took over the boat on March 3.

Cut: The 104-meter-long vessel is estimated at $250 million.


The 'Dilbar', a luxury yacht owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, cruises the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Reuters

Russian connection: the Dilbar is owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who named the boat after his mother. He was seized by the German authorities in Hamburg. It is the largest yacht in the world by interior volume.

Date held: The vessel was detained on March 3 in a decision Mr Usmanov called “unfair” and “libelous”.

Cut: The 156-meter-long yacht is estimated at $800 million.

Updated: March 26, 2022, 05:07