Allies of Alexei Navalny have told Italian authorities they should seize a 460ft vessel moored off the country’s coast because they can prove it belongs to the Russian leader.
A probe by the Russian opposition leader’s anti-corruption unit has included in a video of luxury assets in Europe which they claim are the property of Putin and his family.
Chief among the alleged assets is a $700million superyacht, whose owner is not publicly listed, measuring 140-metres in length, complete with luxury features including two helipads.
The six-deck yacht ‘Scheherezade’ contains space that is the equivalent of two apartment blocks, along with a spa and beauty salon. It is currently moored in the port of Marina di Carrara off the west coast of Italy.
The sensational material shared on Navalny’s Youtube channel by presenters Georgy Alburov and Maria Pevchikh shows that the captain of the ship is British, but the rest of the crew is allegedly from the FSO and FSB – two Russian secret services.
Associates of the Navalny are demanding that Italian authorities now confiscate the boat.
On social media, Ms Pevchikh said: ‘We’ve been investigating Putin’s corruption for over a decade, and there is one thing we know for sure – Putin never keeps assets under his own name.
‘A dozen of Putin’s personal guards and servants are constantly maintaining one of the world’s largest yachts, docked in an Italian port. We think that this is solid enough proof that Scheherezade belongs to Putin himself and must be immediately seized.’
Mr Volkov added: ‘We found another $700 million that Putin stole from the Russians – the yacht, for which Russian soldiers are now dying.’
The two investigators claim, having checked personal detail of staff on the boat, 23 are linked to the FSO.
Ms Pevchikh said she ‘can’t think of better proof that this yacht belongs to Putin’.
Italian authorities are understood to be investigating the ownership of the vessel amid suspicion it might belong to Putin, but its captain Guy Bennett-Pearce has denied being aware of any such connection.
The six-deck yacht ‘Scheherezade’ has space the equivalent of two apartment blocks, along with a spa, swimming pool and a beauty salon
Scheherezade is the name of the heroine and narrator of the collection of Middle Eastern folktales One Thousand and One Nights
The $700million superyacht measuring 140-metres in length, complete with luxury features including two helipads
The luxury yacht is moored in the port of Marina di Carrara off the west coast of Italy, meaning it could be vulnerable to EU sanctions if it is confirmed to belong to Putin
Putin has been a vocal critic of Russians who choose to live elsewhere in the west
Putin has personal sanctions against him by the European Union, meaning that the yacht – if confirmed to be his – could be seized by authorities.
A source said: ‘It is possible Navalny’s team has been helped by Western intelligence in uncovering this revelation.
‘The yacht has been hidden from [Putin’s] people, and suggests he is indeed the richest man in the world as his critics claim.’
The yacht is listed as the 13th-largest in the world.
Earlier today, the same team revealed Putin’s £1 billion Black Sea palace.
Anti-corruption campaigner Navalny, 45, is due to receive his next sentence tomorrow which may lock him away until he is almost 60.
Elsewhere in same video, the president’s ex-wife Lyudmila is alleged to be building an opulent villa in Biarritz, southwest France, a city renowned as a haven for wealthy playboys.
And his daughter Katerina Tikhonova, 35, is claimed to own a castle on the French Atlantic coast, which was recently broken into by protesters.
The Scheherazade’s ownership remains one of the biggest mysteries in the yachting world
It features two helipads, but almost nothing is known about the interior features, and there are no known photos from inside the boat
‘Scheherazade’, one of the largest superyachts in the world, anchors in Bodrum district of Turkey in August 2020
Pevchikh said: ‘If a person falls under personal sanctions, like Putin, this means that any of his property found in the European Union automatically gets frozen.
‘Houses, planes, helicopters, yachts – everything must be immediately seized.’
Putin has previously blasted Russians that live in the west as ‘ready to sell their own mother’, ‘national traitors’ who want to belong to a ‘so-called upper caste’.
Although Scheherezade’s owner is not publicly listed, a number of staffers on the ship have personal links to Putin and Russian security services, according to the presenters.
‘Graceful is Putin’s previous yacht worth 10 billion rubles,’ they said.
‘After the purchase of Scheherazade, Graceful was re-registered to Putin’s friend Gennady Timchenko.’
In February, Graceful was spotted ‘fleeing’ from a shipyard in Germany, sparking speculation that it was trying to avoid being impounded by tough sanctions before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The £73.2 million pleasure craft, named Graceful, was originally built by Sevmash in Russia – with interiors and exteriors envisioned by H2 Yacht Design – was moved to Germany for modifications.
A castle on the French Atlantic coast is allegedly the property of Putin’s daughter Katerina Tikhonova, 35
Putin’s ex-wife Lyudmila is claimed to be building an elaborate villa in Biarritz, southwest France, according to the presenters
The interiors include glossy sleek surfaces, soft cushioned sofas and deck chairs, and a posh white marble-styled bathroom.
What appears to be an office room contains multitudes of shelves for books and a desk fronted with a stunning painting of a sailing boat.
Exercise equipment can also be seen out on the deck, which is also lined with lounge-style seating and barstools.