“There was another mansion estimated to be ‘Putin’s Villa’… 14 million won for one bidet”

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Exploration media OCCRP reveals based on construction company data

President Putin enjoying his leisure time last year

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Ji-yeon = The mansion presumed to be the villa of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been revealed additionally, the British daily The Guardian reported on the 23rd (local time).

On the same day, the investigative media coalition “Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project” (OCCRP) and the independent Russian media Meduzha obtained thousands of emails from two construction companies and disclosed the same.

These media analyzed documents such as floor plans, blueprints, and interior plans included in the e-mails to describe two large mansions in Russia.

There were no clues in the documents directly showing a link with Putin.

However, the OCCRP reports that these villas are called ‘Putin’s mansion’ among local residents.

First, it was revealed that construction of a six-room cottage in the woods began last year in the Karelia region of northern Russia.

There were traces of high-quality materials poured by construction companies and interior companies.

The interior is wrapped in gemstones such as labradorite and lapis lazuli, which are said to be effective in relieving anxiety.

Each bidet in the villa costs $10,800 (about 14 million won), and the shower head is installed at $4,600 (6 million won).

There is even an indoor swimming pool with waterfalls from above.

The house is called Prime, and is owned by a non-profit association of banker Yuri Kobalchuk, a close associate of Putin.

President Putin enjoying his leisure time in 2019
President Putin enjoying his leisure time in 2019

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Also, according to leaked construction company documents, it turned out that the place registered as a ‘barn’ with the Russian Land Registry in 2018 was actually a two-story modern building equipped with a large entertainment space.

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There is a 200-square-meter open banquet hall, and the kitchen is lined with grills, ovens, and Japanese iron plates.

There is a 345,000 euro (470 million won) Austrian brewing equipment that can make 47 liters of beer a day.

The building has two swimming pools and is connected by a road to a natural waterfall nearby.

The waterfall, in particular, was once a popular tourist destination, but is now closed to public access.

The Guardian, citing a document, said that as of June 2015, the construction cost of this building, excluding interior costs and furniture, was estimated to be 187 million rubles (about 4.46 billion won).

A nearby resident testified that “local residents only stand guard when the building is vacant.” “When a high-ranking guest visits, the local resident is usually replaced by a Federal Security Service (FSO) bodyguard.”

Putin’s external assets are relatively ‘frugal’.

Officially, except for the president’s annual salary of 110,000 euros (150 million won), he owns a small apartment in St. Petersburg, two Soviet-style cars, a trailer and a small garage.

However, President Putin has been accused of secretly accumulating enormous wealth for decades, and this has been revealed by investigative reports such as ‘Pandora Papers’.

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