Russian oligarch superyacht is stuck in a Norwegian port after a local oil supplier refuses to refuel due to a relationship with the Russian president Vladimir Putin..
Vladimir Storzharkovsky, owner of a 223-foot yacht called Ragnar, is a former KGB agent and a longtime companion to Putin who earned millions of dollars in nickel mining.According to him, he also served as Deputy Minister of Economy of Russia The New York Times.
Strzhalkovsky is not currently on the list of EU oligarchs licensed as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but said locals in the port city of Narvik in northern Norway are taking their own steps. ..
“Why should we help them?” Oil supplier Sven Holmlund told Norwegians. Broadcasting station NRK.. “They can row home, or use sails.”
Norwegian politicians have called for the confiscation of custom vessels, but government officials have told NRK that there is a law prohibiting such actions without EU directives.
Meanwhile, the captain of the yacht blamed his predicament, claiming that the crew were “Westerners” and not blamed for the Russian war.
“We feel that discrimination against us is very unjustified,” said Captain Robert Rankester. Written in the message Shared by NRK And NPR.
Ragnar’s grounding comes as US government on Wednesday Announced unique efforts To “grab and freeze” the assets of the Russian elite who have formed an alliance with Putin. Strzhalkovsky’s name is not included in the partial list of the Treasury Department of 50 people licensed by the United States and other jurisdictions.
Laguner is raising the flag of Monaco’s yacht club. Call the ship as follows “A superyacht like no other.” It features the hull of an icebreaker and is equipped for polar exploration. Other facilities include a heli-deck, swimming pool, gym, “BigBo amphibious ATV, heli-ski equipment, 4 See-Doos, 4 ski scooters, 6 seabobs, multipurpose islands, huge slides”. Featured article for 2020..
Strzhalkovsky reportedly received a $ 100 million golden parachute payment in 2012 when he resigned as CEO of the Nornickel mining company four years later.At that time, Severance The largest ever awarded in Russia..
This article was originally HuffPost It has been updated.