‘Galley slave’ Putin saviors yachts,palaces,critics say

Russian President uses an Ilyushin jet with a 111.3 million pound cabin that includes a bathroom that has gold fittings.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: August 29, 2012 2:45:09 pm

Vladimir Putin has over 58 planes and helicopters at his use,a collection of watches worth 400,000 pounds and relaxes at more than 20 palaces and country retreats,a dossier drawn up by a political rival of the Russian President has suggested.

The report by Boris Nemtsov,a former deputy prime minister,is titled “The Life of a Galley Slave”,in reference to a comment by Putin on finishing his second term as president in 2008.

“I’m not ashamed before the citizens who voted for me. All these eight years I’ve been toiling like a galley slave,with every ounce of my strength. And I’m pleased with the results,” Putin had said.

Nemtsov in his report claims that the Russian President uses an Ilyushin jet with a 111.3 million pound cabin that includes a bathroom that has gold fittings along with a 50,000 pound lavatory,and concluded that Putin’s existence “can be compared with that of the monarchs of the Persian Gulf or the most outrageous oligarchs”,The Telegraph reports.

The report claims that among the perks said to be available to the president are a 600 million Italianate palace at Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast,a 26 milllion pound yacht called Sirius with whirlpool baths,a cinema,an artificial waterfall,and an another 176ft yacht includes a spa pool,waterfall and wine cellar.

Putin’s spokesman,Dmitry Peskov,said that he had not read the report,and tried to play down the topic.

“The information about the president’s state residences and transport is absolutely open to all,there are no secrets here. This is all state property and as the elected president Putin uses it according to the law. What’s more,he’s obliged to in many cases,” Peskov said.

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