US authorities have said a private jet, registered in the name of billionaire Roman Abramovich, is on a list of planes intended to fly to Russia in violation of export controls.

It is the first time Washington has publicly identified an asset that belongs to Abramovich, who has been placed under sanctions by the UK and the EU but is not named in US sanctions.

Abramovich, the owner of London football club Chelsea, has been accused by the British government of taking advantage of close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his British assets have been frozen. He is one of several Russians hit by an asset freeze and travel ban.

The list of 100 aircraft the US said violated the Export Administration Regulations includes passenger and cargo aircraft from Aeroflot, AirBridge Cargo, Aviastar-TU, Azur Air, Nordwind and Utair.

The US Commerce Department said any services such as refueling, service and maintenance offered to the said aircraft, which contain US technology, also violate US export controls.

“By preventing these planes from receiving any service, for example from abroad, international flights from Russia on these planes are effectively grounded,” the ministry said in a statement.

“We are publishing this list to inform the world – we will not allow Russian and Belarusian companies and oligarchs to travel with impunity in violation of our laws,” said Gina Raimondo, trade minister.

Abramovich’s jet arrived in Moscow earlier this week, according to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

The trade division move comes as Abramovich looks to end his ownership of Chelsea FC, the Premier League team that has made him one of the most recognizable Russian oligarchs in the UK.

The first bids were received Friday in an auction held by the American investment bank Raine Group.

The auction has sparked interest from US asset manager Oaktree Capital and from billionaire investors, including Todd Boehly, co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and Josh Harris, the US billionaire and former CEO of Apollo Global Management.

The sale requires UK government approval and has led to a renewed investigation into the foreign ownership of English football clubs.

While the team can play, the government has blocked it from selling new tickets and merchandise.

Abramovich relinquished day-to-day management of Chelsea after Russia invaded Ukraine.


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