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Spain seizes Russian oligarch's $140M yacht in Barcelona.

Spain has temporarily seized a Russian oligarch's $140 million yacht in Barcelona, the vessel belonged to one of Russian oligarch, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to Ukrinform, this was reported by Reuters.

The 85-meter superyacht Valerie belongs to Sergei Chemezov, a former KGB officer who heads state conglomerate Rostec, two sources said.

Sailing under the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the vessel is registered to Chemezov's stepdaughter, Anastasia Ignatova, through a British Virgin Islands company, according to a 2021 article published in the Pandora Papers information leak.

Read also: Italy seizes $578M mega yacht owned by Russian oligarch

The West has sanctioned Russian billionaires, frozen state assets and cut off much of the Russian corporate sector from the global economy since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Chemezov was sanctioned by the United States in 2014 and Britain in 2020 over Russia's annexation of Crimea and was named in sanctions lists this month by the United States and Australia. The U.S. sanctions also targeted Chemezov's stepdaughter as well as his wife and son.

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