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Abramovich has been ostracised by the West over his alleged close connections with Putin

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Roman Abramovich has been disqualified as a director of Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Roman Abramovich has been disqualified as a director of Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

Roman Abramovich has been disqualified as a director of Chelsea (Adam Davy/PA)

AN ACTIVIST tried to attack Roman Abramovich’s €511m superyacht Solaris before it fled Barcelona to a safe haven.

The determined Lithuanian reportedly tried to take control of a boat he had hired so he could steer it towards the oligarch’s 460ft luxury vessel and damage it.

Police have confirmed an incident took place in Barcelona Port and they identified those involved but said they made no arrests because no-one wanted to press charges.

The man at the centre of the drama, which occurred on March 3 but has only just been made public, has not been named.

His attempt to damage Solaris, which left Barcelona in a hurry last Tuesday two days before the Chelsea owner was sanctioned by the UK government, is said to have occurred after he hired a smaller vessel for a group of people.

Respected Catalan news website Cronica Global said he turned up alone and got onboard with a sailor and the captain.

He is said to have demanded the skipper turn the vessel towards Abramovich’s superyacht as they neared the mouth of the port before getting into a struggle with the other two men on board which ended with them overpowering him.

Port police and Civil Guard officers stationed in the area were called to deal with the situation.

The unnamed Lithuanian told police he was against Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24 in a major escalation of the conflict that began in 2014.

It is believed he planned to spray graffiti on Solaris using a spray can he was carrying, although it was not immediately clear today if he would have tried to do more damage had he taken control of the boat he hired.

Abramovich’s superyacht, which left before repairs being undertaken on it were finished and was moored next to a shipyard at the time, suffered no damage.

It was last seen heading for Turkey after stopping off in Montenegro.

Abramovich is now back in Russia after being pictured at a VIP lounge in Israel’s Tel Aviv Airport.

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Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich sits in a VIP lounge before a jet linked to him took off for Istanbul from Ben Gurion international airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture: Reuters

Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich sits in a VIP lounge before a jet linked to him took off for Istanbul from Ben Gurion international airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture: Reuters

Sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich sits in a VIP lounge before a jet linked to him took off for Istanbul from Ben Gurion international airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture: Reuters

His yacht managed to flee Spain less than a week before Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced its first seizure of a Russian oligarch-owned superyacht.

He confirmed on Spanish TV on Monday night former KGB officer Sergey Chemezov’s POUNDS 117 million superyacht Valerie had been “temporarily immobilised” at Barcelona Port and vowed it would not be the last.

Valerie is registered to Chemezov's stepdaughter Anastasia Ignatova according to a 2021 article published in the Pandora Papers information leak.

It was used by Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez last summer for a romantic getaway.

Yesterday it emerged the Russian-owned superyacht a Ukrainian crew member tried to sink in Majorca had also been retained.

The €6m vessel Lady Anastasia was at the centre of a drama last month in which Ukrainian sailor Taras Ostapchuk, an engineer on the vessel, tried to sink it.

The 55-year-old was arrested and later travelled to his homeland to sign up for military duty after being released by a court on bail in the Majorcan capital Palma.

He identified the owner of the vessel after the incident as Alexander Mijeev and said he acted after seeing a helicopter carrying weapons he believes were made by the oligarch’s firm attacking an apartment block in Kyiv similar to one where his family lives.

The unrepentant sailor, speaking after being released by a judge pending an ongoing probe, vowed to join the fight against Putin’s soldiers as he took a plane from Majorca to Poland before travelling overland to Ukraine.

He said: “I don’t regret for a minute what I did, only that I didn’t achieve my objective which was to sink the yacht.”

Fellow crew members also believed to be Ukrainian saved the vessel from serious damage along with staff at Port Adriano marina in the south-west of the island.

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