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Russian superyacht spotted chilling in Dubai

Russian superyacht spotted chilling in Dubai

A lavish $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch has been spotted at a port in Dubai. 

The 96m long Madame Gu owned by steel magnate Andrei Skoch has moored off Dubai’s Port Rashid.

With an estimated fortune of a whopping $6.6 billion, Skoch’s superyacht could be causing an issue to Western Governments who continue to sanction Russia.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have refused to take sides in the Russian and Ukraine war and are remaining neutral. 

The country is welcoming the increase of money coming in from Russians who are enjoying a comfortable stay at the beach-front villas and luxury hotels, AP reported.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf said she was “not happy” with the neutral position of the UAE.

“I’m not happy at all with the record at this point and I plan to make this a priority to drive to a better alignment, shall we say, of effort,” she said.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo has also warned of possible threats from Russians who are seeking refuge in the UAE.

“Despite this commitment (to prevent money laundering), the UAE — and other global financial hubs — continue to face the threat of illicit financial flows.”

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