Reports about the superyachts of sanctioned Russian billionaires being frozen or detained came a dime a dozen in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine by the country at the end of February. After the dust had seemingly settled, another big fish – the $510 Scheherazade – was nabbed by Italian authorities on Friday. The ship named after the fictional narrator of the One Thousand and One Night tales is linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who appears on several international sanction lists.
The Scheherazade is now among the floating displays of obscene wealth closely watched over in European harbors and marinas but, as Statista’s Katharina Buchholz asks (and answers below), how many of the most valuable superyachts owned by Russian billionaires are still dodging sanctions in more friendly water?
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Among the megalomaniac yachts detained in Europe are actually some of the biggest known to be owned by now