A crew supplies Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s yacht daily, a worker told the NYT. Solaris has a truckload of food delivered by a catering company every week, the port worker said. The yacht is moored in Turkey, a country that has yet to impose sanctions on Russia during the war. Something is loading.
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A $600 million superyacht linked to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is being provisioned daily during the war in Ukraine, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
Twenty crew members tend to the 460ft yacht named Solaris, which is moored in Yalıkavak Marina in the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, an unnamed port worker familiar with the matter told The Times.
The worker said the crew came daily to supply the yacht with electricity, water and provisions, as well as to remove rubbish on board.
A catering company delivers a truckload of food to Solaris every week, the port worker said in the interview with The Times. “Twenty crates of asparagus – what would you do with that many asparagus?” they said.
Abramovich, the former owner of Chelsea Football Club, was sanctioned by the UK in March as part of Western efforts to punish Russia and President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine. The United Kingdom froze Abramovich’s assets and prohibited him from carrying out transactions with British individuals and companies.
The EU also sanctioned Abramovich.
His yacht Solaris has avoided sailing on EU territory since the war in Ukraine broke out. The ship was moored at a Barcelona shipyard for repairs until March 8, when it headed for Montenegro and then Turkey. Solaris appears to have since remained in Turkish waters, where many other yachts of Russian oligarchs have moored.
Yalıkavak Marina told The Times in a statement that Solaris remained outside the marina boundaries due to “international concerns”.
Eclipse, another superyacht owned by Abramovich, by Superyacht Fan, is floating off the Turkish town of Göcek, according to ship tracking website MarineTraffic.
Turkey has yet to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized Western sanctions imposed on Russia. His country also backed Ukraine, according to .