Ukrainian protesters try to stop Chelsea owner’s superyacht from docking in Turkey

Protesters tried to prevent one of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s yachts from docking in the Turkish port of Bodrum.

The Bermuda-flagged luxury yacht ‘Solaris’, believed to be worth around £450million, left Montenegro on Sunday and attempted to dock in the Turkish resort town.

A group of Ukrainian protesters boarded a small dinghy and tried to prevent the yacht from docking.

The group carried Ukrainian flags, on which was printed the phrase “No war”.

However, the yacht was eventually able to dock despite protests.

Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK and EU (Image: PA)

Abramovich was sanctioned by the EU as part of his response to the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

It is unclear whether Abramovich was on board the yacht or was moved to Turkey to avoid sanctions.

Montenegro is not part of the EU but is expected to join as soon as 2025. It agreed to join sanctions against Russia earlier this month, potentially putting Solaris at risk of being seized if it remained in the port of Tivat.

Turkey, on the other hand, did not impose sanctions on Russia and positioned itself as a neutral party in the conflict.

Abramovich is not the only Russian oligarch to have had his yachts targeted as part of the sanctions.

According to the Daily Mail, the owner of the steel group TMK, Dmitrievich Pumpyansky, had his yacht “Axioma” seized on Monday while it was moored in Gibraltar.

Alexei Mordashov, believed to be Russia’s richest man, had his yacht “The Lady M” seized by Italy earlier this month.

The Russian oligarch is selling Chelsea (Image: PA)
The Russian oligarch is selling Chelsea (Image: PA)

Other oligarchs, including Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko and Igor Sechin, have also reportedly had yachts seized in recent weeks.

Abramovich, meanwhile, remains in the process of selling Chelsea after also being sanctioned by the UK government.

A shortlist of interested bidders is expected to be announced this week and the club’s sale process is expected to take at least another month.

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