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US To Seize Putin Ally's $25M-Boeing 737 Jet For Converting It Into 'Contraband'

The U.S. on Wednesday obtained a warrant to seize Vladimir Putin‘s ally’s over $25 million worth jet.

What Happened: The President Joe Biden-led administration will be seizing a Boeing owned by Russian oil company Rosneft, whose CEO Igor Sechin is a long-standing ally of the Russian president

The U.S. Justice Department said the District Court for the Eastern District of New York authorized the seizure based on violations of export controls and sanctions against the Kremlin. 

“By violating Commerce Department export controls, Rosneft has converted its jet into contraband,” Andrew Adams, a Justice Department official, said.

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The collective West imposed sanctions against Russia after Putin invaded Ukraine last year to impede global trade and restrict the financing capabilities of Russian oil firms. According to the Justice Department, the U.S.-manufactured Boeing 737-7JU aircraft has left and reentered Russia at least seven times since the imposition of the sanctions. 

“Today’s enforcement action demonstrates there is a price to pay for Russian companies and oligarchs that flagrantly evade sanctions that the United States has imposed in response to the unjustified war against the people of the Ukraine,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said.

The aircraft jet was last in the U.S. in March 2014 and is believed to be in, traveling to, or from Russia. 

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