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Navalny releases investigation into decadent billion-dollar 'Putin palace'

January 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Even locked up in a detention center on the outskirts of Moscow, Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny continues to be a thorn in Russian President Vladimir Putin's side.

Moscow (CNN)Even locked up in a detention center on the outskirts of Moscow, Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny continues to be a thorn in Russian President Vladimir Putin's side.

Late Tuesday, which marked the opposition leader's first day at the infamous Matrosskaya Tishina facility, his team dropped a colossal investigation into the President's wealth, offering Russians to take look into what they allege is "Putin's palace" on the Black Sea. Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) called the report their "biggest investigation yet. " It contains allegations of vast corruption schemes related to what they say is Putin's property estimated to be worth around $1. 4 billion.

The existence of the property was first reported over a decade ago when a businessman Sergey Kolesnikov published an open letter with various documents urging then-President Dmitry Medvedev to "stop the corruption" that funds the construction of the alleged palace.

Described on the FBK site as "the most controversial room in Putin's palace," the plan also features a hookah lounge with what appears to be a dancer's pole.

FBK says the property surrounding the palace itself is estimated to occupy 68 hectares but adds that the actual estate is likely about 100 times bigger, with a large adjacent plot of land that allegedly belongs to the Federal Security Service, or the FSB, as a buffer to the estate.

Navalny claims that wine-making is Putin's "very expensive hobby" and the Russian President serves this wine to his friends: "He drinks it with his friend from China, Xi Jinping, and, under the same chardonnay, discusses 'deeper integration' with [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko," according to pictures of menus he says were served during official receptions.

In less than a day, the documentary has eclipsed 25 million views on YouTube and is looking to overtake the report into the wealth of Medvedev, and Navalny's investigations into his own poisoning.

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