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'Putin Palace' Pics: It's Good To Be The PM

A new website billing itself the "Russian WikiLeaks" has posted photographs of a lavish Black Sea mansion believed to have been commissioned for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. says it has no proof the mansion, still under construction and being built for a reported $1 billion, is Putin's.

Although the website's authors are anonymous, it's believed to be backed by the Pirate Party of Russia, which advocates opposition to copyright laws.

The mansion was first brought to public attention in December by a former business partner of Putin associates, who published an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev decrying corruption in Russia.

Pirate Party leader Pavel Rassudov, who denies connections to, nevertheless told RFE/RL's Russian Service that the number of visitors to the site have spiked since it was launched a month ago.

"We have to confirm the mansion [is Putin's]," he said. "Then there has to be action, an appeal to the president asking whether there's corruption involved."

-- Gregory Feifer
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by: Laura
January 21, 2011 15:37
How can you write a title like " Putin Palace: It's good to be the PM" when it's not even confirmed it's actually Putin's. And you say it in the article but still write this absurd title!
In Response

by: Kril from: Russia
January 21, 2011 18:41
You're bluffing, still there's a custom to attach evidences when you accuse people. This palace may belong to Robert Gates or whomever.

by: daniel from: united states
January 22, 2011 08:38
come on now , reality check, there is only one king in russia and only one palace being construed.. with mega billions disappearing to get the winter games ready nearby ,what is a billion dollar olympic getaway to the man authorizing and paying out these billions . a simple bribe or thank you for all the billions the king overly spent to look good. russia business as normal at play

by: Sergei from: Canada
February 01, 2011 01:34
People in Russia deserve the rulers that t they have. They elect them to power and allow them to pursue their corruption practices because it gives everyone a chance to be corrupt and sets standards for dishonesty as a norm of life. Adoring people of power has always been part of the Russian psycho. "The more severe is their punishment, the more they adore their masters" - Russian poet Nekrasov.
Only the blind cannot see that the Russian government system is created exclusively for its own benefit and is there to serve itself. Of course, some gestures need to be made to keep masses happy and give them some cheer and hope now and then without changing anything major in one of the most corrupt government systems in the world. Keeping the fire of national pride going have always been useful in this respect.
There is a lot of evidence in support of this article including Sergey Kolesnikov's letter of December 2010 stating mere facts. But then, do people of Russia want to know them is a different matter.

by: Sonia Henie from: Norge
February 16, 2011 07:10
The property belongs to me.

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