Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Living la vida Putin

According to the authors, Putin has overseen a phenomenal expansion in the awarding of presidential perks. At his disposal are 20 palaces and villas, a fleet of 58 aircraft, a flotilla of yachts worth some 3bn roubles (£59.2m), a watch collection worth 22m roubles and several top class Mercedes.
Nemtsov and Martynyuk say the 58 aircraft Putin has access to comprise 43 planes and 15 helicopters. One of the aeroplanes, an Ilyushin-96, features an $18m cabin fitted out by jewellers and is said to have a toilet that cost $75,000 alone. The report reveals four yachts, including the Olympia, which the authors dub "the real diamond in the Kremlin flotilla". Fitted in rich mahogany, the five-storey yacht includes a jacuzzi and marble bathroom and costs $50m to maintain yearly, they allege. Guardian
It's good to be Tzar.

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