The US Just Got Permission To Seize Two Of Roman Abramovich’s Private Planes

Including a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and a Gulfstream G650 ER.

By Rachel Cormack 09/06/2022

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich could soon lose $560 million worth of aircraft.

A US court issued warrants for the seizure of two of the billionaire’s private planes on Monday under new powers introduced following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to court documents, the targeted aircraft includes a $486 million Boeing 787 Dreamliner and $83 million Gulfstream G650 ER.

A Department of Justice official told Reuters the planes were not in US custody and declined to say if the US government knows their locations. However, the Commerce Department did share that the Gulfstream flew from Istanbul to Moscow on March 12 then left the following day for Tel Aviv and travelled from Istanbul to Moscow again on March 15. The Dreamliner, meanwhile, journeyed from Dubai to Moscow on March 4.

Gulfstream G650ER

A Gulfstream G650ER. Courtesy Gulfstream

A federal judge in New York issued the warrants because the recent flights violated US export controls that were imposed at the beginning of the war in February. The US Department of Commerce also filed related administrative charges against Abramovich.

Since the planes were built in the US and the flights took place after export restrictions were in effect, the Russian national would have needed a license from the Department of Commerce to fly them to Russia. Reuters reports that no licenses were requested, but an administration official told reporters the department’s policy is to deny such requests.

“Russian oligarchs such as Abramovich will not be permitted to violate US export regulations without consequence,” Commerce official John Sonderman said in a statement.

The reputed Vladimir Putin ally, who was sanctioned by the UK, the EU and Canada last March, has been hemorrhaging assets amid the Russia-Ukraine war. To date, the 55-year-old has been forced to sell his London soccer team Chelsea, had 12 of his French properties confiscated and sent his two prized superyachts to the Mediterranean to avoid seizure. The island nation of Jersey, part of the Channel Islands, has also frozen $9.7 billion worth of his assets. At this stage, Abramovich has not personally been sanctioned by the US.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

Bombardier Unveils The Fastest Business Jet In The World

The combination of a Mach 0.94 cruise and 8000-nautical-mile range makes it the king of business jets.

By Michael Verdon

24/05/2022

Robb Read: Are We On a Private Flight To Climate Hell?

Private aviation’s booming. Critics say flying’s wrecking the planet, but what are the facts?

By Mark Ellwood

23/05/2022

Embraer Is Testing Self-Flying eVTOLs Over Rio de Janeiro

The tech will lead to air taxis flying themselves as part of urban transport.

By Michael Verdon

12/05/2022

The First Electric Aeroplane That You Can Fast-Charge Is Coming

Diamond Aircraft’s eDA40 can be recharged in about 20 minutes.

By J. George Gorant

06/05/2022

The First Flying-Car Airport Opens In The UK

But you can’t take off just yet.

By Tori Latham

05/05/2022

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected