US obtains warrant to seize Airbus of Russian oligarch Skoch

Aug. 8, 2022

The aircraft, valued at $90 million, is currently in Kazakhstan, according to an affidavit in support of the seizure warrant.

US obtains warrant to seize Airbus of Russian oligarch Skoch


The United States has obtained a warrant to seize an Airbus A319-100 owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch. The aircraft, valued at $90 million, is currently in Kazakhstan, according to an affidavit in support of the seizure warrant. The United States and European nations have stepped up a crackdown on Russian oligarchs following Russian leader Vladimir Putin's February 24 invasion of Ukraine, which triggered a slew of Western sanctions.


They have moved steadily to take hold of luxury estates, mega-yachts and aircraft of Russian billionaires known to have ties to Putin. Skoch, who is a member of the Russian parliament's lower house, has been subject to US sanctions since 2018 for alleged "longstanding ties to Russian organized criminal groups." Further sanctions were imposed on him and his assets following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "Today's action demonstrates that the US government will be relentless in our efforts to bring to justice those that are enabling Putin's heinous war against Ukraine," Assistant Secretary of Commerce Matthew Axelrod said in a statement.

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