For a whopping $42 million, Kremlin administration has purchased luxury yacht for President Dmitry Medvedev, Russian press has reported. It is believed to be a replacement for the current presidential yacht Kavkaz, which is due to be decommissioned soon. The superyacht, currently named Leo Fun is to be renamed as Sirius by her new owner. She was built by Proteksan-Turquoise for an Italian businessman and launched back in 2009.
The 177 foot-long explorer-style Sirius can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms along with 12 crew members. Boasting of whirlpool baths, an artificial waterfall and a cinema. The yacht’s other luxury features include a deck Jacuzzi for 6, spacious sunbathing areas, a gym, a sheltered lounge area and an alfresco dining area for 14 with barbecue and bar. Sirius can reach a maximum speed of 18 knots, powered by twin Caterpillar 3512B diesel engines, each rated for 1,911 horsepower. Her range is 5000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots, making a transatlantic trip possible.
Kremlin spokesman Viktor Khrenikov was quoted in the Russian press to the effect that the yacht will be given a presidential upgrade at an unspecified costl. Everything necessary for a president for work and relaxation has been thought of, Khrenikov says, The president could use her during the 2014 Olympics [in the Black Sea port of Sochi].