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Is the great yacht hunt over?

Six months on, it appears the initial excitement surrounding oligarch yacht spotting has dwindled…

The great yacht hunt is over. My inbox is now free from probing journalists asking me if I know the Captain of Dilbar or the owner of PHI. Even outside of the news desk, it appears enthusiasm for yacht spotting is now much harder to come across. Just a few months ago, Twitter was rife with people updating each other on the whereabouts of oligarch yachts through the hashtag #YatchWatch. Today, you can search for any Russian-owned yacht on Twitter, and you will find little more than a bot with the handle @OligarchYacht providing updates on the whereabouts of 26 vessels every ten minutes or so. 

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