The Kremlin spokesman was unable to explain the no-fly zone over “Putin’s palace” – Russia

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, was unable to explain in an interview with journalists why a no-fly zone was established over the “Putin Palace”, built near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea, although the Russian president denies that it is related to the investment.

Colleagues of the imprisoned opposition activist Alexei Navalny published his latest investigation into Russian corruption. According to the material published on YouTube, a huge private palace for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been built over the past fifteen years on a coastal rock near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea – a monument to Russian corruption. The equivalent of over $ 1.2 billion has already been spent on its construction.

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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 well-known childhood and adolescent friends who became enriched after Putin’s rise to power are involved in the construction, management and maintenance of the palace.

Navalny’s investigation into the palace was commented on Monday – not for the first time – by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. As reported by the Interfax agency, referring to the introduction of a no-fly zone in this region, he recalled that there was a border area “until recently” (a kind of border guard sub-unit, which functions, among others, in Ukraine and Russia).

– And, of course, some steps are being taken in relation to the presence of border guards. (…) I would rather explain it by the presence of a border unit there a long time ago. Honestly, I do not feel like an expert on the nuances of these no-fly zones, it is rather a question of those who deal with security issues, secret services – said Peskov.

In a previously issued statement, the FSB cited other reasons for the ban on flights. According to a press release, the Ministry of Transport introduced a no-fly zone over Cape Idokopas near Gelendzhik on 24 July 2020 “in connection with the intelligence activities of NATO countries”. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSO), the equivalent of the Polish SOP, announced in turn that “there are no objects protected by it in Gelendzhik”.

On January 25, Vladimir Putin himself said that the Gelendzhik palace does not belong to him or any of his relatives, although he knows some of the people mentioned in the investigation.

Source: interfax

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