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Friday, July 25, 2014


Putin's Bling

Published 28 August 2012

A new report by Russian opposition leaders accuses President Vladimir Putin of enjoying a lifestyle that "can be compared to that of a Persian Gulf monarch or a flamboyant oligarch."

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An estate west of Moscow, Novo-Ogaryovo was recognized as an official presidential estate in 2000. It had been a vacation retreat for Soviet leaders and was mostly unused in the 1990s.

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Close to St. Petersburg, the Constantine Palace in Strelna was originally built for Peter the Great as a summer residence. 

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Constantine Palace fell into disrepair after the October Revolution and was used as a naval base during World War II. In 2001, Putin ordered that it be restored and converted into a presidential residence.

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An official residence for the Russian president, Meyendorff (Meiendorf) Castle in Barvikha, close to Moscow, was built in 1885-1887.

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A view of the interior of Meyendorff Castle. It was occupied after the October Revolution and used as a sanatorium during Soviet times.

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Another of Putin's residences is his Black Sea home of Bocharov Ruchei near the resort of Sochi. 

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Putin on board one of his presidential planes. According to the report, he has 43 airplanes at his disposal. 

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This IL-96-300 passenger airplane was turned over to Putin's presidential air detachment.

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Putin reportedly has 15 helicopters at his disposal. His aircraft alone are worth $1 billion.

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The president also has the use of a fleet of luxury cars.

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In 2011, Russia bought the super-yacht "Sirius" for $40 million. 

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The floating pleasure palace has a Jacuzzi for six, sun-bathing areas, a gym, a cinema, and an alfresco dining area for 14 with barbecue and bar.

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Putin reportedly has a large collection of luxury watches, including some made by the Swiss watchmaker Blancpain. His collection is reputed to be worth nearly $700,000.