Jan 27, 2011

Photos of Vladimir Putin's Rumored $1B Palace Surface


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Turns out Kolesnikov is a whistleblower who wrote the letter to tattle tale on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who supposedly spent $1B of crooked funds on the construction of his massive palace on the Black Sea. The money came "mainly through a combination of corruption, bribery and theft," and was rerouted from medical equipment supplies and other worthy industrial projects to the so-called "Project South," "an enormous, Italian-style palazzo with a casino, winter theatre, summer amphitheatre, church, swimming pools, sport grounds, heliports, landscaped parks, tea houses, staff apartments, technological buildings—a modern day version of Peterhofs, the tzar's palace near St. Petersburg." While Putin's press secretary has insisted that this is not, in fact, the Prime Minister's project, apparently Putin has visited the construction site repeatedly to oversee the furnishings and progress. No word about that black-out guy in the photos above, but man, Vlad, what an upgrade!

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