‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look around a palace that allegedly cost $1 billion to construct
Located on the Black Sea coast is a palatial residence that the press have named ‘Putin’s Palace’. The reported construction cost of this property is an astounding $1 billion.
Born into a middle class family, President Vladimir Putin is now said to be one of the world’s wealthiest men. The “President’s perks” are said to include 4 yachts, 20 palatial residences and 58 aircraft.
Amongst the many homes that have been linked to Putin, who announced his divorce from Lyudmila, his wife of nearly 30 years, last week is an “Italianate style” palace close to the village of Paskoveeka in Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai.
Stories about the construction of this vast dacha began to circulate in late 2010 and in January 2011 the Russian language version of Wikileaks published photographs of its “lavish interior décor”. The website was temporarily blocked as a result and though spokespeople for Putin and the Russian government have continued to deny his having any connection with the property, rumours about it continue to circulate on the Internet.
In March 2011, a businessman with links to Putin named Alexander Ponomarenko was reported to have bought ‘Putin’s Palace’ for the sum of $350 million but mystery surrounds this suggestion even.
We have no knowledge of whether the “palace” belongs to President Putin or A. N. Other but thought readers might like a chance to look around a Russian equivalent of Buckingham Palace.
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