, 2022-06-06 02:00:00,
Imperial Yachts have claimed to be the victims of numerous unfounded and inaccurate accusations…
Imperial Yachts have released their first official public statement following the Ukraine crisis in a bid to reassure their followers that they will be disproving the damaging smears against their company. The statement came after the US Treasury announced that they have sanctioned the company and its Russian CEO Evgeniy Kochman because of their history of providing yacht related services to Russian elites, including those in Putin’s inner circle.
The Sanctions against Russian UHNWIs have so far been regarded as morally necessary yet strategically flawed. While the sanctions have helped to neutralise cash flow and keep some pro-war elites at bay, numerous stakeholders have voiced their opinions on the motivations behind tenuous links being drawn up by the Kleptocapture task force. In the case of Imperial Yachts, it appears that a particularly devastating piece of investigative journalism on behalf of The New York Times acted as a catalyst for wider media scrutiny and public disdain.
The Treasury Department named four yachts that they believed are linked to Putin – Shellest, Graceful, Nega, and Olympia. Interestingly, Scheherazade – a yacht which has been widely recognised to be likely owned by Putin – has not been named by U.S Intelligence officials, although they have said that it could have been built for Mr Putin’s use. According to the IMO, Scheherazade is legally owned by Bielor Asset Ltd, a business registered in the Marshall Islands.
Imperial Yachts have received a fair amount of support from their social media followers since posting their response. One Instagram user commented, “I stand behind you and hope you come…
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