AMERICANS could pocket $5 million from the government if they help hand over the Russian oligarch’s superyachts, private jets and mansions.
It comes as the US ramps up efforts to cripple Russian oligarchs with close ties to Vladimir Putin by seizing their valuable assets.
European countries have already seized several multimillion-dollar yachts as investigators hunt for illicit assets belonging to Russia’s super-rich elites.
Under the program approved by Congress, anyone who provides information leading to the detention, seizure or forfeiture of assets “connected to corruption associated with the government of the Russian Federation,” according to the Treasury Department, can receive a reward of Claim $5 million.
The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program was approved last year and aims to confiscate the assets in the US of individuals associated with foreign corrupt regimes.
Assets can include yachts, jets, apartments, as well as any financial holdings such as bank accounts or investments managed by hedge funds.
To claim the cash, the asset must be located in the US, held by a US financial institution, or passed into the possession of a US citizen.
From there, a Treasury Department committee will consider “eligibility for rewards on a case-by-case basis,” which will then be approved by Secretary Janet Yellen.
Accordingly ViceThe Treasury Department may grant more than $5 million if they believe the situation warrants it.
It comes like Britain sanctioned 386 Russian politicians who supported the Putin war in Ukraine.
They are all members of the Duma, Russia’s lower house, who voted to recognize the independence of the breakaway Luhansk and Donetsk regions Putin’s power to grab.
The EU sanctioned the Russian politicians on February 15, sparking criticism that Britain was not acting quickly enough.
The British government has also frozen A $4.2 million fortune owned by Russian billionaire Chelsea FC boss Roman Abramovich.
the Steel Tycoon is worth $13.7 billionaccording to Forbes, and owns a $200 million mansion in Kensington, a $43 million penthouse in west London and yachts. private jetsHelicopters and supercars valued at more than $1.6 billion.
And it comes when details emerge Putin’s $515 million luxury jet with gold-plated toilet have appeared.
Revealing images show the plane’s lavish interior as news arrives of hungry Russians fighting over food as the ruble crumbles as economic sanctions begin to bite.
Among the luxurious insignia on board the official Ilyushin plane are a full bar, bedrooms and gym.
The interior is neoclassical in style and the huge conference table is gold trimmed and surrounded by cream leather seats.
Putin is said to have flown more air miles in high office than all other Russian heads of state combined.
His amazing jet can reach speeds of up to 560 miles per hour and was manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association.
Russia’s currency has been in free fall and ordinary Russians have been spotted at ATMs desperate to withdraw cash before their savings become worthless.
Footage has also emerged of Russian pensioners struggling for what little groceries are available on supermarket shelves.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18000475/5million-reward-for-russian-oligarchs-superyachts-private-jets-mansions/ The US is offering a $5 million reward to Americans willing to hand over the Russian oligarch’s superyachts, private jets and mansions