Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov has declared his income for 2011. According to official documents, Kadyrov earned 4,105,876 rubles, or around $135,000, in 2011, compared with 4 million rubles in 2010 and 3.4 million rubles in 2008.
As in previous years, the only piece of real estate he admits to owning is a 36-square-meter flat in the capital, Grozny.
His palatial mansion in his home village of Tsentoroi, near Chechnya's second city of Gudermes, officially belongs to his mother. (If she's also living on the compound, does that mean Kadyrov still lives with his mom?)
PHOTO GALLERY: Kadyrov's Personal Displays Of Ostentation
RFE/RL correspondent Gregory Feifer visited Kadryov's compound in the summer of 2009:
Kadyrov isn't ready when we arrive. So we wait in a small stone building housing his press service until we're called to his mansion next door. Passing a sleek black Mercedes by the front door -- one of Kadyrov's vast fleet of luxury cars -- we step into a massive, marble-floored palace, lined with ornate columns and luxurious silk wallpaper.
Even Kadyrov's loyal subjects know that the books are being cooked. As Ruslan from Grozny told RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service:
But Kadyrov's mansion does prove one thing, as we wrote about on our "Caucasus Report" blog last year:
That is, money can't buy taste.