The court authorized the United States to arrest a $90 million aircraft belonging to Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch, a member of the illegitimate State Duma. This is reported AP.
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The decision is part of a months-long crackdown on Russian oligarchs and their blocked property, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said.
The arrest warrant for the plane, which is now in Kazakhstan, was signed by US District Judge Robert Lehrburger in New York after a federal agent produced an affidavit explaining that Skoch owns Airbus through a series of shell companies and trusts.
Earlier, the US announced that it was trying to confiscate Skoch’s $156 million superyacht Madame Gu. The yacht is registered in the Cayman Islands but was recently moored at Port Rashid in Dubai.
In June, the Finance Ministry imposed additional sanctions on Skocs and his assets. Skoch is also under European Union sanctions.
REFERENCE. Andrei Skoch is a State Duma deputy from the pro-Putin United Russia party. President of the International Foundation Generation. Billionaire. Co-owner of the metallurgical holding USM. Takes 21st place in the Russian list of Forbes magazine. The U.S. first sanctioned the oligarch in April 2018 for his ties to organized crime and for his MP position. Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the US imposed further sanctions on Skoch and his assets.
- On August 2, the US announced the expansion of the list of sanctions against Russia. Businessmen, oligarchs, 36 companies of the scientific and military-industrial complex, as well as Putin’s girlfriend, former gymnast Alina Kabaeva, fell under them.
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