A yacht belonging to Chelsea football club owner and sanctioned oligarch Roman Abramovich has docked in the Aegean resort of Bodrum, Turkish media reported on Monday, amid international moves to freeze assets belonging to leading men businessmen closely tied to the Kremlin.
Turkish private broadcaster NTV said the Bermuda-flagged luxury yacht “Solaris” docked at the port in Turkey – which has not joined sanctions against Russia – after leaving Montenegro.
A group of Ukrainians, carrying Ukrainian flags with the words “No war” on them, boarded a small motorboat and tried to prevent the yacht from docking, the Sozcu newspaper reported.
It is unclear if Abramovich was on board or if the yacht was moved to Turkey to avoid sanctions.
The European Union last week imposed sanctions on Abramovich as it updated a list of individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans due to their role in the invasion. Russian from Ukraine.
Abramovich had already been punished in Britain.
Turkey, a member of NATO, maintains close ties with Russia and Ukraine.
He criticized Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine but also positioned himself as a neutral party trying to mediate between the two.
It closed the Turkish Strait connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean to most Russian warships, but did not impose sanctions on Russia or close its airspace to Russian flights.
Last week, Abramovich arrived in Istanbul from Jerusalem on his private jet before departing for Moscow the next morning.