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Rich oil tycoon pulls jackass move with his yacht

By Sarah Trefethen, Elizabeth Rosner and Ruth Brown
June 15, 2017

It’s not obstruction of justice — but it is obstruction of Liberty.

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Le Grand Bleu, a luxury yacht owned by Evgeny Markovich Shvidler, a Russian oil tycoon, at anchor close to Liberty Island. William Farrington

A Russian-born billionaire has been parking his mega-yacht in front of the Statue of Liberty for the past two months — and seafarers say it’s blocking cherished views of the symbol of freedom.

“It’s the people’s statue versus a person’s private boat,” said Roland Lewis, president of the Waterfront Alliance, a nonprofit that works to protect the area’s shores. “That boat is right there obstructing the parade of excursion boats that go out there to visit the statue.”

The yacht, Le Grand Bleu, is owned by Russian-American oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, who got it as a gift from his friend Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch and pal of President Vladimir Putin. At 370 feet, it is one of the world’s largest private yachts.

The boat first dropped anchor in front of Lady Liberty on April 17 and spent two weeks there before retreating to Gravesend Bay for May. It returned in June and has since spent most of the month ruining tourists’ photos.

“It’s depressing. You don’t see things blocking freedom and justice in America,” said Craig Mahoney, 41, a visitor from Massachusetts trying to view the statue from the Staten Island Ferry.

The spot is a legal anchorage, but harbor regulars say yachts usually stay for just a day or two.

“I’ve been on New York Harbor for 50 years, and I’ve never seen a mega-yacht anchored for such a long period of time,” said Jim Chambers, a ship captain. “My take is they’re just reducing the operating costs by anchoring rather than paying for dockage.”

It reportedly costs thousands of dollars a day to dock at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

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« Reply #1 on: Jun 19th, 2017, 3:10pm »

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"..U... U's blocking my view...?!"

Are my eyes playing tricks on me, Swamp or is there a X100 size difference between the Rusky and other tourist / local yachts?

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