• A superyacht believed to belong to Oleg Deripaska is en route to Turkey, according to ship tracking data.
  • It had previously been docked in the Maldives, which does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
  • The UK sanctioned Deripaska, saying he was “closely associated” with Putin and the Kremlin.

A superyacht believed to be owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska is on its way to Turkey, according to data from ship tracking sites.

Clio, the 239ft vessel, is expected to arrive in Gocek, Turkey on Friday, according to data from Marine traffic and VesselFinder. Bloomberg first report on the yacht’s movements.

According to Bloomberg, Clio had spent at least two months in the Indian Ocean. VesselFinder data shows that the ship had been moored in the Maldives, which does not have an extradition treaty with the United States — and stopped in Egypt on the way to Gocek. Before that, Clio was in Sri Lanka, per MarineTraffic.

Deripaska, who co-founded the aluminum giant Rusal, been sanctioned by UK March 10 and Australia on March 18 after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. The UK said it was “closely associated” with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin and had supported the Russian government by working in its energy sector.

But Deripaska is among a small group of oligarchs who have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, posting on Telegram that ‘peace is very important’ and that peace talks should start ‘as soon as possible. “.

Deripaska was once the richest person in Russia

The US, UK and EU have sanctioned dozens of oligarchs, part of a sweeping package aimed at pressuring Putin to reverse his invasion of Ukraine.

Deripaska is among the oligarchs targeted by activists who have taken action in hand. A group stormed a mansion in London believed to belong to Deripaska in the early hours of March 14 and said they wanted to use it to house Ukrainian refugees. The group hung signs saying, “Putin fuck you” and “this property has been liberated.”

A spokesperson for Deripaska said at the time that the house was owned by his family, rather than him personally. She said the oligarch and his family were “appalled by the negligence of the UK justice system shown by Boris Johnson’s cabinet in bringing in the penalties and in collusion with the kind of people who plunder private property”. Reuters reported.

Deripaska was once the richest person in Russia and is now worth around $3.1 billion, according to estimates by Forbes. British authorities mentioned he has a “multi-million pound property portfolio” in the UK.

Oleg Deripaska

Oleg Deripaska was sanctioned by the United States in 2018.

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He holds a significant stake in EN+ Group, an extractive and energy company.

Deripaska was sanctioned by the United States in 2018, following Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014. The United States mentioned he had ties to both the Russian government and the state energy sector and that there were allegations that he had bribed a government official, was linked to a Russian organized crime group and had participated in extortion and racketeering.

The tycoon sued the Treasury in 2019 over the sanctions alongside his inclusion in a report on Russian oligarchs, claiming the Treasury made false allegations and that its actions had huge impacts on his wealth and reputation. In late March, a US court rejected Deripaska’s appeal to lift the sanctions.