The United States has obtained a warrant to seize an Airbus A319-100 belonging to the sanctioned oligarch, Andrei Skoch, after the court found that the plane was subject to seizure and confiscation on the basis of probable cause for violation of federal anti-money laundering laws.
According to the warrant of seizure and affidavit sworn today:
In accordance with the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (NEA), and Executive Orders issued by the President of the United States, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of Treasury- United designated Andrei Skoch as a Specially Designated National (SDN) on or about April 6, 2018 “to be an official of the Government of the Russian Federation”, “a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation”, and because of his “Long-standing ties to Russian organized crime groups, including time spent running such a business.”
After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022, OFAC issued new sanctions against Skoch and its assets.
On or about March 24, 2022, OFAC nominated Skoch and other Duma members to “Support[ing] the Kremlin’s efforts to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
On or about June 2, 2022, OFAC identified the Airbus as blocked property in which Skoch had an interest.
Skoch is the beneficial owner of the Airbus through a series of shell companies and trusts tied to his romantic partner. After OFAC designated Skoch around April 2018 and continued around or at least around 2021, USD transactions were made to pay for Airbus registration in Aruba and aviation insurance premiums for the Airbus, each of which was an expense necessary for the maintenance and operation of the Airbus.
The Airbus, tail number P4-MGU and serial number 5445, is worth more than $90 million.
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