At least nine luxury yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs have disappeared without a trace. Of course, not all of them sank to the bottom of the sea. The transponders were simply switched off. These positioning systems are actually mandatory for all passenger ships. They send the current position of the yacht at any time. For days, however, the authorities have not received a signal from Putin’s friends.
Even in the middle of the ocean, it’s actually mandatory to send a signal to the satellite at least every eight hours. Normally, captains of large yachts are also interested in being seen. It’s just not normal at the moment.
Many yachts disappeared from the radar at the beginning of the war. Others only when US President Joe Biden announced further sanctions against oligarchs and the inner circle around Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some ships went on the run. For example, some oligarchs are currently anchored in the Middle East (away from European authorities). Roman Abramovich’s two mega yachts are also gone – they are said to have set course for Turkey. But some got caught. For example, the Rosneft boss’s super yacht was confiscated.
Russian oligarch Vladimir Strzhalkovsky can no longer refuel his superyacht. In his case, however, this has nothing to do with the horrendous fuel prices. The fuel suppliers in Norway, on the other hand, refuse to refuel the “Ragnar”.