According to recent news reports, an abandoned £100 million megayacht Alfa Nero linked to several Russian billionaires, including Andrey Gurvey, is currently sitting essentially abandoned and burning £1,600 fuel a day with its air conditioning running. The fate of the yacht remains a mystery, and it is unclear why it was abandoned. However, authorities have previously seized superyachts linked to Russian oligarchs. The megayacht is still stuck in the Trieste Gulf off the Italian coast.
The mystery of the abandoned £100 million megayacht Alfa Nero, is linked to several Russian billionaires.
The 270-foot yacht is currently sitting in a port in Antigua after being seized by police two years ago as part of a crackdown on assets belonging to friends and allies of Putin during the first few months of his invasion of Ukraine.
Here are some key details about the case:
The official owner of the boat is listed as Putin’s rich pay, Andrey Guryev, who is sanctioned by both the US and UK.
Guryev claimed that the boat was owned by his daughter, Yulia Guryeva-Motlokhov, who is married to London-based Russian hedge fund manager Alexei Motlokhov, but the courts were not convinced.
Despite being abandoned, someone is still spending around £22k per month on the yacht’s upkeep, including around £1,600 on fuel to keep the air conditioning running.
Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority CEO Darwin Telemaque expressed annoyance at the yacht’s presence, stating that it was “annoying” for those in charge of the port.
The Alfa Nero has a giant 40-foot infinity pool at the back of it.
The fate of the megayacht Alfa Nero remains a mystery, and it is unclear why it was abandoned. However, authorities have previously seized superyachts linked to Russian oligarchs. In May 2022, Italian authorities seized a 215-foot superyacht called the Lady M, owned by Russia’s richest businessman, Alexei Motlokhov.
The Alfa Nero, a £100m vessel, is currently in Antigua’s port after being boarded by armed police two years ago.
The yacht, marked “seized” by stickers, has been the subject of a complex legal dispute since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Also, The Antigua & Barbuda Port Authority has placed a “Seizure” sign on the abandoned ship.
However, Guryev’s daughter has challenged it in court, arguing that she is the legitimate owner.
Thus, the yacht has been sitting in the port of Falmouth, Antigua, for almost two years while legal battles are still raging.
There are only 93,000 people living in Antigua, but the island’s taxpayers are now responsible for paying for the yacht’s upkeep.
The yacht, Alfa Nero, has been in Falmouth, Antigua, for nearly two years, despite ongoing legal battles. Despite the small population, taxpayers are now responsible for the yacht’s upkeep, with a reported weekly cost of £22,000.
A £100 million megayacht, Graceful, owned by Putin’s girlfriend Alina Kabaeva, is currently consuming £1,600 worth of fuel daily. Italian authorities are investigating Kabaeva for possible connections to sanctioned Russians.
The yacht was towed out of Hamburg, Germany, and kept in Kaliningrad, Russia, where it has been in disrepair since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began. Its opulent features have been removed, and it was docked at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara for several months.
The Graceful had been berthed at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara for several months, according to a March 22, 2022 the yacht had sparked locals’ curiosity about its owner and identity, and some activists affiliated with Alexei Navalny thought Putin owned it. They further asserted that a portion of the crew on the enigmatic yacht were state employees of Russia who routinely traveled to Italy in groups to work on it.
The interior of the Graceful was made public by leaked photos, according to a March 23, 2022, MSN report. According to the article, the megayacht Alfa Nero was furnished with a workspace for war-plotting, £27k beds, and a pool that doubles as a dance floor.