Ukrainians have tried to prevent Roman Abramovich’s superyacht from docking in Turkey in an anti-war protest.
The group was seen in a dinghy flying their country’s yellow and blue flag with the words “No War”.
It is not clear if Abramovich himself was on the 460-foot yacht My Solaris when it docked in Bodrum on Monday afternoon.
The Chelsea owner, who is worth a whopping £10bn, has been sanctioned by the UK government as part of attempts to crack down on wealthy Russians with assets in the UK
The protesters were a team of young sailors from the Black Sea city of Odessa, reports Nexta TV.
Their action ended when the local police arrived and the yacht was able to dock with the Turkish yacht in the port.
It arrived there just over a week after leaving Montenegro’s Adriatic resort of Tivat on March 13.
The ship had since headed south in recent days, circumnavigating the Greek island of Crete before entering Turkish waters on Monday morning.
Two superyachts owned by the ailing billionaire have set sail to evade European Union sanctions accusing him of having “privileged access” to Vladimir Putin.
Abramovich was one of several wealthy Russians blacklisted in Brussels last week.
Since then, governments have acted in recent days to confiscate yachts and other luxury goods from them.
My Solaris circumnavigated the waters of EU countries on her voyage to Bodrum.
Its final voyage began on March 8th when it left a shipyard in Barcelona where it was repaired.
Images showed the imposing white My Solaris towering over other moored boats after finally being able to dock.
The beast of the sea has eight decks and a helipad and was spotted on the French Riviera last summer.
The yacht was built at Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven, Germany and the shed in which it was built was larger than Buckingham Palace.
My Solaris has 48 cabins accommodating up to 36 passengers and a crew of more than 60 people and features two advanced engines to be the most powerful yacht in the world.
She is one of a series of yachts owned by Abramovich,
A second yacht linked to Abramovich, Eclipse, is currently cruising south of the Greek island of Rhodes and also appears to be en route to Turkey, according to Marine Traffic.
Incredibly, the 553 foot Eclipse has her own missile defense system should she come under attack.
It also boasts a Movie theater, conference room, children’s playroom, hair salon and a mini submarine that can dive up to 150 feet.
Last week, Abramovich flew to Moscow after leaving Istanbul in his private jet.
According to flight tracking data, it was a second trip by an Abramovich-linked jet between the Turkish city and the Russian capital in three days.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4947498/ukrainians-dinghy-prevent-roman-abramovich-yacht-docking/ Moment Ukrainians in a rubber dinghy prevent Roman Abramovich’s £430m yacht My Solaris from docking in protest at the war