Colleagues of the imprisoned opposition activist Alexei Navalny published his latest investigation into Russian corruption.
On a coastal rock near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea, a huge private palace for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been built over the past fifteen years – a monument to Russian corruption. The equivalent of over $ 1.2 billion has already been spent on its construction.
Navalny calls it “the largest private apartment building in Russia,” and it is extremely luxurious. It has over 17.6 thousand. square meters of space.
For years, the construction has been financed by the president’s friends, including head of Transneft and former KGB officer Nikolai Tokaryov, head of Rosneft and former KGB officer Igor Sechin, and two billionaires close to Putin from St. Petersburg, Yuri Kovalchuk and Gennady Timchenko. The company of Mikhail Szełomov, a relative of the president on the part of his mother, Maria Szełomowa, manages the huge real estate. All in all, most of the president’s famous friends from childhood and adolescence, who enriched rapidly after Putin’s rise to power, are involved in the construction, management and maintenance of the palace.
In the palace itself there are a 25 m long swimming pool, a casino room (with roulette and two poker tables), a small theater (Navalny: “The tsarist aristocracy had one in their palaces”), a water pipe smoking room with a small platform for striptease performances, a room with machines to play, a hairdressing salon and something marked on the plans as “aquad disco”. The palace gate is decorated with a tsarist eagle copied from the gate of the St. Petersburg Hermitage. The whole thing is equipped with furniture of small but luxurious Italian factories.
On the 68-hectare area around the palace, among others, an underground sports hall with a hockey field (Navalny: “The hall is the height of a four-story house”), an orangery with an area of 2.5 thousand. sq m, 80-meter steel bridge over the mountain gorge leading to the “guest house” with an area of 2 thousand. sq m, two helipads.
A tunnel carved in the rock leads from the palace straight to the sea, to the yacht marina. The tunnel’s side corridor ends with a “tasting chamber” which has a huge (probably armored) glass pane, masked from the outside to a part of the coastal rock.
76 sq m of Vladimir Putin’s bedroom
Everything is surrounded by 7,000 ha of land belonging to FSO (the equivalent of the Polish State Protection Service). Although the palace is formally a private building, for six years there has been a statutory no-fly zone above it (Navalny: “Like over nuclear power plants”), it is also forbidden to approach it from the sea. The complex also includes several hundred hectares of vineyards located near the nearby villages of Krynica and Diwnomorsk. The wine from the latter is served at parties in the Kremlin.
The construction of the palace, however, cannot be completed in any way. Currently, a huge renovation is underway because mold was discovered in it (poorly designed air conditioning and a leaking roof), so all the palace marble is chained up. The president’s friends are constantly sending billions of rubles to complete it.
“Putin is crazy about luxury,” said Navalny.
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