A composite image of a building exterior, bedroom, and pole-dancing area which Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation said show a palace owned by Vladimir PutinFBK
- A vast cache of images supposedly showing Putin’s secret palace was published Thursday.
- The foundation of Putin foe Alexei Navalny was behind the leak, and has spoken about the palace before.
- The Kremlin previously said the idea that Putin has such a palace is “pure nonsense.”
Allies of imprisoned Russian activist Alexei Navalny published hundreds of photos of what they say is the inside of President Vladimir Putin’s secret palace.
In January 2021, it said Putin had secretly been building a 17,691-square-meter palace at a cost of 100 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) since 2014.
The foundation said the palace was being built near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea. The foundation said it was funded via a corruption scheme in which Putin’s inner circle paid the president for access and influence.
At the time, the Kremlin rubbished the claims. “These are all absolutely unfounded statements. This is pure nonsense and a compilation, and there is nothing else there,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The 2021 report by the foundation showed a floor plan and mock-ups of what the palace may look like.
The latest set expands on that with what it says are real images of the interior, which the video report matches to spots on a blueprint.