Ukrainian yacht engineer arrested for partially sinking Russian boss’ $7.8 million boat

A Ukrainian sailor working as an engineer on the yacht of a Russian tycoon’s superyacht in Mallorca partially sank the vessel in retaliation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week. 

The owner of the yacht, Alexander Mikheev, is the Russian CEO of Rosoboronexport, a state-owned arms manufacturer. The Ukrainian engineer, identified only as D. Taras O., said he watched coverage of a Russian missile striking a Kyiv apartment building, and believed the missile was manufactured by his boss’ company.

In retaliation, D. Taras O. went aboard the Lady Anastasia, a 48-meter luxury yacht, and opened large valves in the engine room and crew quarters.  He then closed fuel valves and turned off the yacht’s electricity and told crew members to abandon ship. In spite of their efforts to save the yacht, it was partially sunk by the efforts of the engineer.

“My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people,” he told civil guards who arrived at the port to arrest him. In court, he defended his actions as only “material damage” and told the judge, “They were attacking innocents. I don’t regret anything I’ve done and I would do it again.” He was released on Sunday.

As the Russian invasion wages on, other Russian-owned yachts are being eyed by resistance movements. Days after the invasion, a Twitter account called @PutinIsAVirus had begun posting the locations of superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs around the world, suggesting they should be seized.




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