- A luxury yacht linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleyman Kerimov moored in Fiji, tracking data shows.
- The $325 million vessel, Amadea, sailed for 18 days across the Pacific Ocean from Mexico.
- Kerimov has been sanctioned by the West over alleged money laundering and his ties to Putin.
A luxury superyacht with ties to sanctioned Russian oligarch, Suleyman Kerimov, docked in Fiji on Tuesday after crossing the Pacific Ocean.
Vessel-tracking site Marine Traffic showed that Amadea left the port of Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast on March 24 and headed west to Fiji. Amadea is currently moored in the port at Fiji’s second largest city, Lautoka, per Marine Traffic data.
Local media showed images of the vessel tied up at a wharf next to commercial shipping vessels.
The yacht’s journey from Mexico to Fiji took 18 days and four hours, per Marine Traffic. Fiji has not imposed sanctions on Russia following Moscow’s decision to send troops into Ukraine, which suggests that there is less risk of the vessel being seized.
Kerimov has a net worth of $14.3 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The businessman, who made his money through the gold industry, was sanctioned by the US, EU, and UK over alleged money laundering and his connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Any of his assets in those jurisdictions could be at risk of detention.
The Fiji Times reported on Wednesday that Fiji ports require all yachts to get approval from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Transport, and the Immigration Department.
“We have heard about it [Amadea] but nothing has come to Immigration,” Yogesh Karan, permanent secretary for Immigration, said on Tuesday, according to The Fiji Times.
Fiji’s government didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, made outside of normal Fiji operating hours.
The West continues to seize the assets of Russian oligarchs — not only luxury yachts, but also private jets, paintings, and real estate. In response, some oligarchs have sought to move their vessels to jurisdictions where there is less risk of detention.
The 350-foot Amadea can accommodate a total of 52 guests and crew, and features a jacuzzi, a helicopter pad, and a big pool, according to SuperYacht Fan, which values it at $325 million.
Amadea also has a “dedicated party deck” with a “spa pool flanked by sunbeds” that can be turned into a stage where bands and DJs can perform using the yacht’s audio system, according to a review by Boat International.