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US orders seizure of 2 planes owned by Russian Jewish oligarch Abramovich

Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, owner of England's Chelsea Football Club, leaves the high court in London for a lunch break, October 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, owner of England's Chelsea Football Club, leaves the high court in London for a lunch break, October 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department orders the seizure of two aircraft owned by Russian Jewish oligarch Roman Abramovich, saying they had been used in violation of sanctions on Russia imposed over its invasion of Ukraine.

The department says in court filings that the two aircraft, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and Gulfstream G650ER executive jet, had been flown into Russian territory earlier this year, in violation of US export controls.

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