The yacht, with interior and exterior design by H2 Yacht Design, was originally built by Sevmash in Russia and later moved to Germany for modifications | Source: H2 Yacht Design

Inside Vladimir Putin’s A$100m Superyacht, Graceful

There has been online speculation fuelled by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny that a A$1 billion Superyacht in Italy belongs to Vladimir Putin.

The reports are unconfirmed, however, it is well-known that the at least A$100 million superyacht, built in Russia in 2014 and finished in Germany, is Putin’s Superyacht.

The Graceful has a maximum cruising speed of 17 knots | Source: H2 Yacht Design

The Superyacht Graceful, an 82 meter, 2,685-ton vessel built by Russia’s largest shipbuilding facility, Sevmash, known for producing ships for the Russian Navy, made a stop at shipbuilders Blohm & Voss in Hamburg last year to install two balconies and overhaul the engines.

Source: H2 Yacht Design

She sailed back to Kaliningrad in early February to avoid sanctions and it is widely known that her owner is none other than Vladimir Putin.

The Graceful is a multi-level luxury craft, it was registered in the British Virgin Islands | Source: H2 Yacht Design

Many of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs have had overseas assets seized after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February and there have been reports that the Scheherazade, a larger and more expensive yacht than the Graceful belonged to Putin.

The online conjecture about the ownership of the Scheherazade, with many believing it could be owned by Putin, is still unfounded, Guy Bennett-Pearce, the British captain of the $700 million Super Yacht has repeatedly denied that Putin is the owner, the ship is currently dry-docked at a facility owned by NCA Refit in Carrara, Italy.

The Italian Sea Group, the parent company of NCA Refit said, “The Italian Sea Group, on the basis of the documentation in its possession and following the findings of the checks carried out by the relevant authorities, declares that the 140m yacht Scheherazade, currently in the shipyard for maintenance works, is not attributable to the property of Russia President Vladimir Putin.”

The Graceful has a dance floor that folds down into a swimming pool | Source: H2 Yacht Design

The interiors of the Superyacht Graceful are filled with glossy sleek surfaces, soft cushioned sofas and luxurious fittings envisioned by H2 Yacht Design.

Deck chairs line the interior of the vessel | Source: H2 Yacht Design

There is an indoor swimming pool that can be transformed into a dance floor, a helipad, white marble bathrooms and an ostentatious office with vast bookshelves.

Putin’s enormous office and library aboard the Graceful | Source: H2 Yacht Design

On the deck, expensive exercise equipment sits next to white cushioned outdoor seating, the vessel is able to accommodate up to 14 guests in six spacious cabins and berths for 24 crew.

The Superyacht has large marble bathrooms | Source: H2 Yacht Design

The Superyacht Graceful has a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 12 knots and her estimated maximum cruising speed is 17 knots, powered by twin MTU engines with a propulsion power of 2,300 kW each.

There are six spacious cabins as well as a wine cellar and a saloon with a white Steinway piano | Source: H2 Yacht Design

Putin owns at least two other superyachts, as well as hundreds of cars, tens of helicopters and airplanes, a A$130 million watch collection, works of art worth billions of dollars, and countless properties.

His Superyacht fleet includes the Chakya (Russian for seagull), a 54-meter vessel built in Turkey by Turquoise Yachts in 2009 and the Olympia, a 57-meter yacht built by the Dutch shipyard Feadship, in 2002.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenko onboard the Chayka, on the Black Sea near Russia (Source: RFERL)

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