According to the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of Croatia, the technical condition of the vessel was assessed, namely buoyancy and engine operation.
The Asset Tracing and Management Agency (ARMA) explained where the arrested yacht of former Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, Royal Romance, which is based in the Croatian port of Trogir, sailed. It is noted that she temporarily departed to confirm her technical viability. The Croatian media Dnevnik wrote about the departure of Medvedchuk’s yacht. Journalists published a photo and noted that the yacht had been in port since the spring of 2022.
ARMA responded to the information published by the media. In particular, according to the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, the yacht sailed in order to confirm its technical condition, namely buoyancy and engine operation.
The removal of the yacht from the pier took place in accordance with the decision of the Croatian District Court of Split. The inspection was also observed by the country's police and the port captain. It is noted that the yacht departed at 10:35 and arrived back at 12:47.
In addition, the Croatian court decided to transfer, based on a request for international legal assistance, the Royal Romance yacht. It is stated that there are no legal obstacles to the transfer of the vessel.
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ARMA says they plan to sell the vessel after they evaluate it. It is noted that this will be the first sale of seized property located abroad.
Arrest vessel Royal Romance
It is worth adding that the 92-meter yacht called Royal Romance of ex-politician Viktor Medvedchuk was arrested in the port of Rijeka in March 2022. Foreign media wrote that other ships of Russian oligarchs were also located in this port.
Journalists from the Croatian publication Dnevnik write that the ship in 2015 belonged to the company Fregata Marine Ltd, which is registered in the Marshall Islands. The owner of the property was the ex-politician’s wife, Oksana Marchenko.
However, soon, namely in 2021, another company, also registered in the Marshall Islands, Lanelia Holdings Ltd., began to own the ship.
Last year, the Agency for Tracing and Asset Management announced that they would put the yacht up for sale. In particular, the ship is valued at about 200 million euros.
We would like to remind you that in April last year, the property of Viktor Medvedchuk’s wife was arrested in the Lviv region. We are talking about two plots of land in a prestigious tourist area on which illegal real estate is located. This seized property was valued at almost 17.5 million hryvnia.
Also last summer, the State Bureau of Investigation transferred to the Ukrainian military property seized from the relatives of a former politician worth more than $1 billion. In particular, the Ukrainian Armed Forces received a truck crane, 12 trucks, a van, a minibus and two SUVs.