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Russian Billionaire Sues After French Authorities Board His Riviera Yachts

  • Rich Russians aren’t all thugs, yacht owner’s lawyer says
  • Authorities in Europe have impounded yachts to prevent escapes
La Petite Ourse in Antibes, France in March.
La Petite Ourse in Antibes, France in March.Photographer: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
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Sanctioned Russian billionaire Alexey Kuzmichev is suing France’s customs authority, claiming officials had no right to board and immobilize two of his yachts on the Riviera.

His lawyer said they pretended to be investigating sanctions violations as a pretext for boarding the vessels -- but soon found that nothing was amiss. The lawyer added that the captains of “La Petite Ourse” and “La Petite Ourse II” weren’t read their rights.