One of the Russian yachts the West may seek to seize may already be in Russia, but its owner is sitting in a Plymouth County jail
At just 77ft long, Moscow resident Vladimir Klyushin’s yacht Seven K is just slightly below the lower limit of a “superyacht”, which starts at around 82ft, but it would still make a good figure in all but the most jaded ports.
But unlike fellow Russian Abramovich’s 456ft superduperyacht, currently moored in BarcelonaKlyushin’s yacht, a Sunseeker 76 which he bought for almost $4 million in 2020, may already be in Russian territorial waters – his last reported position was in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.
Although he is Russian, like many Russians who have money to spend, he has turned to England to maintain an expensive asset – the boat is registered in the UK, not the Russian Federation .
Invoice for the yacht, from Federal Court filings:
The ship has four cabins – with a fifth space that can be used as a cabin for a crew of three. It can go up to 32 knots.
Yet Klyushin hasn’t had a chance to take him for a ride since last March, when Swiss police arrested him – as he walked from a private jet he had taken from Moscow to a private helicopter that would transport him and his family to a ski resort – at the request of the FBI.
After losing his appeal and that of the Russian government, he was flown to Boston in December, to be formally charged with various financial crimes based on his consulting firm’s alleged ability to hack into servers containing data from American companies before they are made public. enabling the company to make successful stock market transactions in the companies. Some of his underlings, who did not go on ski trips to Switzerland, had already been indicted in US courts for their alleged role in the 2016 election hack attempt.
After arriving in Logan, Klyushin was transported to the Plymouth County House of Corrections, which has a contract to hold those awaiting trial on federal charges.
Klyushin had asked that he be released for 24-hour detention in an apartment near the Seaport Federal Courthouse, but U.S. District Court Judge Marianne Bowler agreed with prosecutors that Klyushin should remain locked up in the Plymouth County jail because a man with ready access to private jets and helicopters and his own yacht, who had received an award from Vladimir Putin himself and who knew the ins and outs of international finance and travel was just too risky – especially from an apartment a short walk from the seaport docks.
Klyushin’s lawyer had argued that the Seaport apartment would make it easier for Klyushin to work in his own defense, in a case that would involve pouring in voluminous amounts of documents, many of them in Russian, which he would put in place. a flat in London as collateral, that he would hire a private security company to watch him, and that he planned to sell the yacht anyway.
Bowler dismissed all of this, along with a letter from the Russian Embassy in Washington indicating that it would do nothing to help Klyushin escape the country.