The mother of a British sailor believed to be the captain of Vladimir Putin’s superyacht said she would be ‘pretty furious’ if her son was working for the Russian dictator.
Former merchant marine sailor Guy Bennett-Pearce, 43, declined to comment from his home in Italy last night, telling The Sun: “I can’t say anything due to legal confidentiality.”
But his mother, Debbie, 64, has lashed out at the Russian tyrant, saying the idea of her son working for him “might make me a little angry.”
Speaking from a house near Taunton in Somerset, she said: “I’m sure Guy wouldn’t work for someone like that. I am his mother, I hope he would tell me if he was.
“I don’t think for a second that Guy would work for that killer. He never mentioned any of his clients, it’s all just speculation.”
It comes after The Sun covered the sickening luxury Putin enjoys aboard his £500m superyacht, which includes gaudy gold toilet roll holders.
Crazy Vlad, whose forces are bombing women and children in Ukraine, spared no expense on a six-deck Scheherazade.
Italy, where the yacht is at anchor, is under pressure to confiscate and sell it to Ukrainians.
A former crew member said: “The Russian people paid for this. Putin needs to get his head off this golden throne.”
Scheherazade’s official cost when it was completed two years ago was $700 million, but insiders say it could be closer to $1 billion.
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Pictures obtained by The Sun show the six luxurious decks, and the worker who helped build them said: “Everything on board is the best in the world.
“Every surface is marble or gold. There are countless pools, spa, sauna, theater, ballrooms, gym, two heliports. It’s like a mini city.
“There is even a hospital, which makes sense when you hear rumors about Putin’s terminal illness.
“It is hard to swallow the fact that the most incredible ship in the world belongs to a man who intends to bomb civilians in Ukraine.
“And it’s unimaginable wealth when the average salary of a Russian is £5,000 a year and people there struggle with food.”
Since September 2020, the 459-foot floating palace, named after the legendary Persian queen, has been moored at Marina di Carrara in Italy.
Rumors that the yacht belongs to Putin have been circulating since its construction.
But his ownership was not investigated until Monday, when the team of imprisoned Putin critic Alexei Navalny released a video detailing the crew, all said to be the Russian security service.
Italian authorities have called for the confiscation of the yacht. They say that a separate European crew is allowed on board only in the absence of Putin.
Personal notes to the despot are evident in the judo gym, where there are photographs of black belts.
The tiled dance floor descends to become a pool. The floor is considered one of two in the world – with another on Putin’s other yacht Graceful.
Other delights include a self-leveling pool table, a five-meter aquarium and the largest TV ever built on a yacht, which cost a million euros to install.
The bathrooms are decorated with gold toilet roll holders and faucets.
A former crew member added: “Yachts owned by oligarchs are being arrested all over the world, but the Shehezada is sitting in plain sight in a marina in Italy.
“It just doesn’t feel right.”
Flight details obtained by Navalny’s team reportedly show the Russian crew flying together to Milan, the nearest airport.
They believe they visited the port to watch the ship.
Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat told The Sun: “Putin’s pampered maritime palace was launched with money stolen from the Russian people and is now floating off the Italian Riviera, showing us all the actions we need to take.”