US Officials Recover Possible Fabergé Egg from Russian Oligarch Yacht

US law enforcement officials recovered a Fabergé egg from a seized yacht in Fiji belonging to a Russian oligarch.

Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General, said that the US law enforcement officials sailed the $300 million Amadea yacht from Fiji to the San Diego Bay in June, where it is docked.

Suleiman Kerimov, a sanctioned Russian oligarch, is the owner of the superyacht Amadea.

Monaco told the Aspen Security Forum that if the Fabergé egg is authentic, it will be one of the few remaining in the world and worth millions of dollars.

A represenative selection of Fabergé eggs.

Monaco added that the Fabergé egg was one of the more “interesting” discoveries federal law enforcement officials have made aboard the seized yachts.

The House of Fabergé in Saint Petersburg created the Fabergé eggs between the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Russian imperial family, which are now priceless collectibles. 

The US and its allies have seized billions of dollars worth of sanctioned Russian assets since March this year as part of the country’s Justice Department’s “KleptoCapture” initiative along with the Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs (REPO) multinational task force.

Monaco said it is “important to expose corruption” and show Russians that they “will do everything we can to go after their ill-gotten gains.”

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