The dawn, a luxury yacht owned by the Russian oligarch Andrey Molchanov, managed to set sail this Friday morning from Barcelona where it had been undergoing repairs since his country’s offensive against Ukraine began. In fact, on March 14, the leisure boat was moored right next to the Valerie when the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine ordered the immobilization of this second vessel to comply with the European sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs.
The dawn has managed to leave the port, taking advantage of the fact that in order to certify who the owner is, several front companies have to be circumvented, an investigation that is not finished. Furthermore, in the last few days he had finished the repair he was undergoing. The departure from the port took place this Friday at 11:56 and no online radar location system specifies which port it is going to.
On March 14, the Valerie was immobilized in the port of Barcelona. This 85-meter-long vessel -and a price of 124 million euros- was undergoing a repair of which no details were disclosed -confidentiality contracts are always signed when these yachts have to be intervened- since the end of February at the Marina shipyard Barcelona 92 (MB92).
The ship has the flag of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, but the Spanish government investigated and discovered that behind a shell company is the daughter of the Russian soldier Seeguéi Chemezov. After accrediting the suspicions, the boat was immobilized.
The General Directorate of the Merchant Marine was also investigating the dawn which was also undergoing a repair – also secret – at the MB92 shipyard.
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When Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, the two aforementioned mega-yachts and two others belonging to Russian oligarchs remained in Barcelona: the My Solarys and the Galactic Supernova. The latter, owned by Vagit Alekperov, president of the Russian oil company Lukoit, and flying the Cayman Islands flag, set sail from the Catalan port two days after the war began, on February 26, and did not stop until he reached Tivat (Montenegro). The other vessel, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, set sail from Barcelona on March 8 for Turkey.
The Valerie got caught, but dawn, the smallest of the four boats mentioned so far, has managed to get out. She is 74 meters long and cost about 107 million euros. It sails under the Cayman Islands flag and sources in the sector maintain that its owner is businessman Andrei Molchanov, founder and main shareholder of LSR Group, one of the main construction companies in his country, and that he was a representative of the Leningrad Oblast (department) in the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly for the party of Vladimir Putin.
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