Russian billionaire's superyacht seized

April 14, 2022 5:55 am

Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov Yacht. [Photo Credit: Kacilala Maciu/ Facebook]

The Russian superyacht that came into the country on Wednesday has been seized by Police.

It is understood that Amadea allegedly entered our Exclusive Economic Zone without proper clearance from relevant authorities.

FBC News understands that the Fiji Police is leading the investigation and other stakeholders such as the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service border control unit are assisting.

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The yacht belongs to Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov who is said to be one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies.

According to Fijian entry requirements, yachts must seek approval from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism, and the Immigration Department before departing from their last port.

The Minister for Health, Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete told FBC News that they will be releasing a statement on this later this afternoon.