The government of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has said it will no longer keep in its harbor a superyacht believed to be owned by Russian billionaire Andrei Guryev, an oligarch close to Putin.

The declared "abandoned" ship is planned to be put up for sale if no one declares their rights to it by March 31.

This is reported by Business Insider. 

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown said his country's government had already received offers worth more than $50 million for the 80-meter-long yacht.

The superyacht, named Alfa Nero, has luxurious amenities including a gym, hair salon and infinity pool. 

The US Treasury Department said Alfa Nero is owned by Russian oligarch Andrei Guryev, who is a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Guryev, who is the founder of fertilizer company PhosAgro and has a net worth of $10.1 billion, has been sanctioned by the US, UK and EU for his ties to the Kremlin since the start of the war in Ukraine. 

On Tuesday, March 28, Guryev's legal representative reported that the ship does not belong to the tycoon.

"As we have informed the Antiguan authorities, Mr. Guriev does not own or control the Alfa Nero, but has simply used the vessel from time to time since 2014," he said. 

Because the luxury ship has high maintenance costs, the Antigua and Barbuda authorities plan to sell it if no one claims ownership of it by March 31, Antigua's port administrator said. 

The authorities plan to use the proceeds from the sale of the yacht to pay off a $500,000 debt to the Antigua Yacht Club for fuel.

The rest of the amount will be directed to the country's development projects. 

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister Brown said the ship, which has been in port in Antigua for 18 months, is running out of money to feed the crew.

According to Brown, an accident can also happen on a yacht.

"Everything can be.

Some doors may open, the ship will start to take on water and may sink," he warned. 

It will be recalled that luxurious yachts from the collections of oligarchs close to Putin were arrested all over the world: from the south of France to Fiji.

Of course, the Kremlin oligarchs are frantically trying to hide what has not yet been found and taken.

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