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Luxury Yachtmaker to the Oligarchs Checks Up On Who Its Customers Are

  • Luerssen sent letter to clients asking for ownership details
  • Firm has built two superyachts currently detained by sanctions
The Dilbar superyacht, owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, under cover while undergoing refitting at the Blohm & Voss dock in Hamburg, Germany, on March 4.

The Dilbar superyacht, owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, under cover while undergoing refitting at the Blohm & Voss dock in Hamburg, Germany, on March 4.

Photographer: Imke Lass/Bloomberg
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Germany’s luxury yachtmaker to the oligarchs is making sure it knows who its customers are.

Luerssen, which built two of the three largest superyachts detained by authorities over their links to sanctioned Russian billionaires, sent around questionnaires this week saying it needed updated information on the ultimate ownership of yachts berthed or under construction at its sites, according to a letter seen by Bloomberg.