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Who owns the “Scheherazade”? These indicators speak for Putin
The “Scheherazade” is the most mysterious yacht in the world. She sails under the flag of the Cayman Islands. It is registered in the Marshall Islands. But it should belong to Vladimir Putin. The crew list of the yacht at least leads directly to the Kremlin.
The “Scheherazade” is 140 meters long, 23 meters wide and worth 700 million dollars. The yacht of superlatives has six floors, two helipads, a swimming pool, a spa complex, a beauty salon, 22 cabins and much more. While the equipment leaves nothing to be desired and questions, the “Scheherazade” is keeping a big secret. No one knows who actually owns it.
She sails under the flag of the Cayman Islands. However, it is registered to a company based in the Marshall Islands. The yacht was built in 2020 in the Lürssen-Kröger shipyard. On the Website of the builders based on the Kiel Canal however, it does not appear anywhere – although the other luxury buildings of the shipyard are effectively staged here. Not even her name can be seen on the yacht, which is currently anchored in the Italian port of Marina di Carrara. The “Scheherazade” is said to be equipped with a cover that always grants her anonymity.
“The ‘Scheherazade’ is the most mysterious yacht ever. She is the only ship on the list of the 20 largest yachts in the world that has no owner,” explains Georgy Alburov in an interview. Alburow is a long-time comrade-in-arms of Alxej Navalny, a member of his anti-corruption foundation from the very beginning. He works tirelessly to show the world the fortunes amassed by Russian oligarchs and politicians. It was his drones that gave insights into the hidden luxury worlds of Dmitry Medvedev, Sergey Lavrov and Wladimir Putin personally gave.
Yacht crew list leads to Vladimir Putin
Now Navalny’s team, who was sentenced to nine years in prison in another falsified trial last Tuesday, has set itself the task of solving the mystery of “Scheherazade”. A crew list for the yacht from December 2020 provides new evidence that only Vladimir Putin can own the luxury ship.
The crew list sent to the Navalny team lists all permanent crew members, including their visa numbers and dates of birth. Excerpts of this list are shown in an unveiling video. The first clue: with the exception of the captain, all crew members are Russian nationals. Taken by itself, this circumstance would simply point to a Russian owner. But at least ten of the crew members could be identified by Navalny’s team as officers of the FSO.
That’s the second clue. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is a Russian special service whose main task is the security of the Russian President and the Russian government. In addition to protecting the heads of state, the Russian President can also use this service for defense and reconnaissance tasks.
The chief officer of the “Scheherazade”, the second man behind the captain on a ship, therefore belongs to the FSO. As well as the boatswain and his assistant, several members of the security staff, the person in charge of landing helicopters on the yacht, deckhands and divers.
From the “Kremlin under palm trees” onto the yacht
Not only do they all work at the FSO, they are also assigned to a very special property: the Russian President’s state residence “Bocharev Chuchej”. They all list the FSO security service in the Caucasus as their employer. This is the most crucial third clue. Because it is the department that is responsible for the park-like complex. In Russian, residence is also called “Kremlin under the palm trees”. Putin spends a lot of time here and receives international guests.
“I can’t think of any better proof that this yacht belongs to Putin,” said Navalny’s fellow campaigner and investigative journalist Maria Pewchich, summarizing the results of the research. “Even in Italy, thousands of kilometers from Moscow, people work there who are officially part of Putin’s security staff and personal staff. The same people who look after Putin at his residences and on his travels, and who manage his entire life, fly together to Italy to work on one of the world’s most expensive yachts.”
In the case of the now notorious Putin Palace on the Black Sea coast, the FSO documents also appear as builders of border posts and radio systems on the premises of the property. The area is also guarded by the FSO.
Captain under “Watertight Non-Disclosure Agreement”
The US judiciary has been keeping an eye on “Scheherazade” since March 8, the newspaper reported “New York Times”. Italian authorities are also investigating ownership. However, definitive evidence of a connection to Putin is not yet available. The ship’s captain, Guy Bennett-Pearce, only testified that the yacht belonged to a Russian. During the interview, the Briton invoked a “watertight non-disclosure agreement” which means he can’t reveal anything about the owner.
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Should it actually turn out that the yacht belongs to Putin, it can be confiscated by the Italian state. Because of the war of aggression in Ukraine, Putin is on the EU sanctions list.