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Superyacht of Second-Richest Russian Raced for Turkey’s Safe Waters

  • Billionaire’s vessel stopped broadcasting location during trip
  • Russian-linked yachts seek refuge as governments look to seize
Luxury suuperyacht ‘Pacific’ at Cruise Port Harbour in Marmaris, Turkey, in 2020. 
Luxury suuperyacht ‘Pacific’ at Cruise Port Harbour in Marmaris, Turkey, in 2020. Photographer: Sabri Kesen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

After not broadcasting its location for almost two weeks, a $150 million luxury superyacht linked to sanctioned Russian billionaire Leonid Mikhelson reappeared again -- transmitting it was headed to the Bahamas and Barcelona -- locations that would have put it at risk of seizure.

Turns out, its final destination is a safe haven sought after by many other vessels of tycoons facing sanctions: Turkey.