US seeks to seize two luxury jets linked to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich

Federal authorities hope to possess $60m Gulfstream and $350m customised Boeing Dreamliner

Roman Abramovich. AP
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US authorities on Monday moved to seize a $60 million Gulfstream and a $350m plane believed to be one of the world’s most expensive after linking both to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

A federal judge signed a warrant authorising seizure of the Gulfstream and a Boeing Dreamliner jet that authorities said was worth less than $100m before a lavish customisation.

The US recently announced new sanctions and penalties on Russian oligarchs and elites, Kremlin officials and businessmen linked to President Vladimir Putin, and their yachts, aircraft and companies that manage them.

US President Joe Biden promised after Russia's February 24 invasion of Ukraine to pursue Russian elites' “ill-gotten gains”.

Mr Abramovich, who recently sold his stake in Chelsea FC, a Premier League football club in London, is among the wealthier Russians whose assets are being watched for sanctions breaches.

An FBI agent wrote in an affidavit that the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and the Gulfstream G650ER were subject to seizure because they were moved between March 4 and March 15 without licences, in breach of sanctions against Russia.

Updated: June 07, 2022, 3:43 PM