The Anti-Corruption Foundation has shown what Putin's palace looks like now.

May 08, 2024

In anticipation of Vladimir Putin's inauguration, the Anti-Corruption Foundation published videos and photos of the interiors of his palace near Gelendzhik. The hidden camera captured the akvadiskoteka (aqua disco hall), Putin's private pool, luxurious halls, his office, and a chapel with a real imperial throne.

In 2021, the Anti-Corruption Foundation published an investigation about a huge palace built for Putin near Gelendzhik. Around 100 billion rubles were spent on its construction. Putin, of course, denied that the palace belonged to him. And his friend, oligarch Arkady Rotenberg, claimed that it was his building and that he planned to open an apartment hotel there after renovations. The renovation was completed, but there is no hotel.

Videos and building plans clearly show that it's not a hotel but a private palace. The video, captured by a hidden camera, shows the famous akvadiskoteka, a pool, an outdoor alley with pseudo-antique statues, a Jacuzzi, a massage room, halls with military paintings, elite furniture, and chandeliers. One such chandelier costs 50 million rubles.

The "Project" media published the working documentation of the construction company "Velesstroy," which reconstructed the palace. The builders practically didn't change anything in the room plans and only gave them new names. Bedrooms were renamed apartments, the music room and reading room were called the lobby, and the dining room was labeled as a restaurant.

In the original blueprint of "Putin's palace," there was a room designated for arcade games. However, it has since been replaced by a chapel housing a triptych featuring icons of the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and Saint Vladimir. Additionally, there's a pew — essentially a throne for Putin. Historically, such thrones belonged to kings and were referred to as the royal seat.

Funding for the construction and upkeep of the palace continues to come from state-owned companies, disguised as nonexistent services. For instance, "Transneft," led by Putin's associate Nikolai Tokarev, leases certain non-residential areas within the palace and annually allocates 660 million rubles for this purpose.

Towards the end of the investigation, attention is drawn to a construction trailer featuring a communal restroom for workers involved in the palace's construction. There are so many inscriptions on the walls, and one of them says "Alexei, you were right!"


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