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A teenager who chased Elon’s jet is now exposing the Russian oligarchs’ superyachts

A TEEN who was chasing Elon Musk’s jets has confirmed he is now unmasking superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs trying to flee to ‘safe havens’.

Tech prodigy Jack Sweeney made waves when he started following the Tesla owner’s private plane in January – but now uses his refined abilities to achieve new goals.

Teenager Jack Sweeney has started following Russian yachts with Twitter bots

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Teenager Jack Sweeney has started following Russian yachts with Twitter botsPhoto credit: Twitter
The recently confiscated superyacht Lady M – owned by Russian oligarch Alexei Mordashov

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The recently confiscated superyacht Lady M – owned by Russian oligarch Alexei MordashovPhoto credit: AFP

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The 19-year-old freshman studying at the University of Central Floridaconfirmed he is using the power of social media to help with global efforts to sanction Russian cronies.

Using a number of Twitter bots – formerly used for tracking famous frequent fliers including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos – he’s now hoping to repeat the trick with boats.

At the time of writing, his three accounts together have more than 500,000 followers and utilize public data and a variety of algorithms.

The teenager said he knew he could do his part in the effort after his previous success and was greeted by a surge of support when he first proposed the idea.

“At first I did it because people asked for it, but now I see there’s a lot more to it and I think it’s helpful,” he said Wall Street Journal.

The slick breakthrough comes as the West continues to hit corporations and oligarchs at the heart of Putin’s brutal regime with billions in sanctions, asset freezes and travel bans.

Data from Marine Traffic last week showed at least four yachts belonging to Russian tycoons cruised around the Seychelles, Montenegro and the Maldives.

President Joe Biden specifically named yachts when he warned oligarchs who supported Russian President Vladimir Putin that sanctions were coming against them.

“We join our European allies in finding and seizing your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets,” Biden said during the State of the Union last week.

“We come for your ill-gotten gains.”

On Saturday, AP reported that it is tracking the movements of about 56 superyachts believed to be owned by “Kremlin-affiliated” Russian oligarchs.

The outlet confirmed earlier data showing more than a dozen of the ships had opted in settle in secluded little ports due to their non-extradition status to the USA.

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But some yachts have been seized thanks to EU-approved sanctions — a week after France began compiling a list of Russian properties.

On Thursday, The Sun reported that a superyacht owned by Putin ally Igor Sechin had been seized by French authorities.

They announced this on Thursday the mammoth shipnicknamed “Amore Vero” or “True Love”, was detained in the port of La Ciotat.

It came after Alisher Usmanov had his £600m luxury ship – the largest yacht in the world in terms of interior volume – taken away by German authorities.

Usmanov had already been banned from entering the EU and his assets frozen under tough EU sanctions.

Russia’s richest manAlexei Mordashov, was next to fall after his £45million ship was seized by Italian police officers in the northern port of Imperia.

The steel billionaire was believed to be in the Seychelles this week after reportedly sailing from the Maldives.

However, it remains unclear why the Russian would relocate his yachts to the Seychelles as there is an extradition deal with the US and other countries.

Accordingly New York Postthe latest sighting revealed Putin pal Viktor Medvedchuk had his £152million yacht docked in Croatia.

The Ukrainian oligarch, believed to be Vlad’s first choice to run a puppet government, escaped from house arrest when the Russian invasion began.

It came as the current President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to fight Vladimir Putin warning Russian President wants ‘more’ if Ukraine falls

Zelenskyy reiterated his pleas for the US and other countries to clear the way for Soviet-era fighter jets for his military and to enforce a no-fly zone over the country.

Businessman Igor Sechin's £600million luxury ship was seized by German authorities last week

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Businessman Igor Sechin’s £600million luxury ship was seized by German authorities last weekPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
They were later joined by a £108million superyacht owned by businessman Igor Sechin, whose nickname is 'Darth Vader'.

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They were later joined by a £108million superyacht owned by businessman Igor Sechin, whose nickname is ‘Darth Vader’.Credit: AP

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Bobby Allyn

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