A thriller about the whereabouts of Roman Abramovich’s private jet is in full swing, as well as the wealthy Russian oligarch himself.
The luxury private jet of the owner of the English football team Chelsea, worth 65 million dollars, seems to have flown from Moscow to Israel and then to Istanbul after the freezing of his assets from the British sanctions according to a series of reports.
Data from the flight tracking site Flightradar24 showed that Abramovich’s plane made the short trip from Tel Aviv crossing the Mediterranean Sea earlier on Monday. Reuters reported that the plane departed from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Monday’s flight to Turkey comes a day after the Gulfstream G650ER took off from Moscow on Sunday afternoon and landed in Tel Aviv on the same night, according to Flightradar24.
The flight to Istanbul lasted a little less than two hours, while the flight to Tel Aviv lasted 5 1/2 hours, according to Flightradar24.
It is not yet known if Abramovich was on the plane.
It is noted that the aircraft had previously flown to Moscow from Istanbul on Saturday, according to Flightradar24. Media reports have identified Abramovich as him owner of the plane.
Gulfstream states that its G650ER jet can accommodate up to 19 passengers.
Abramovich was in between of the seven Russian oligarchs to which the United Kingdom imposed sanctions last Thursday.
Sanctions include freezing the oligarchs’ assets and banning trade with the country. Abramovich has an estimated net worth of $ 13.6 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. He announced earlier this month that he would sell English football club Chelsea.
The billionaire reportedly received Israeli citizenship in 2018 after facing delays in renewing his visa to the United Kingdom.
The last two weeks, at least 14 private aircraft Russia is said to have landed in Israel, whose government has not imposed sanctions on any Russian oligarch, the Times of Israel reported. However, the Israeli government has stated that Russia will not be able to circumvent sanctions through Israel.
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