Mogul gives us ‘Lib­erty’

New York Post - - NEWS - By SARAH TREFETHEN and RUTH BROWN

The Rus­sian-born bil­lion­aire who has been block­ing views of the Statue of Lib­erty with his mega-yacht all month has fi­nally sailed off — to New Jer­sey — leav­ing a trail of re­lieved tourists and boaters in his wake.

Days af­ter The Post ran a story (right) air­ing lo­cals’ griev­ances over oil ty­coon Eu­gene Shvi­dler park­ing his lux­ury ves­sel, Le Grand Bleu, in front of Lady Lib­erty, the boat weighed an­chor on Mon­day.

Track­ing data show the yacht had moved near Sandy Hook.

It was un­clear whether Shvi­dler was gone for good or just out for a sail, but lo­cals and tourists alike were tak­ing what they could get.

“You kind of want that un­ob­structed view of what it was like when the im­mi­grants came here,” Ta­masan Murph, a tourist from Dal­las, Texas, said as she and her fam­ily en­joyed an un­ob­structed view of the Statue of Lib­erty on Mon­day.

“This is my fancy yacht, let’s block the view,” Murph, 42, said, mock­ing Shvi­dler’s self­ish­ness, be­fore adding, “It’s just rude.”

The Rus­sian-Amer­i­can bil­lion­aire first parked his yacht near Lady Lib­erty this past spring, then took a break in April, spend­ing the month in Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn — only to re­turn in June.

The yacht was a gift to Shvi­dler from Ro­man Abram- ovich, a fel­low Rus­sian rich guy and pal of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

The Coast Guard’s New York of­fice has fielded mul­ti­ple complaints about the view-block­ing boat, spokesman Steven Strohmaier said.

It isn’t il­le­gal to park in front of the statue for lengthy pe­ri­ods of time — just in­con­sid­er­ate.

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