VLADIMIR Putin is said to be living with his gymnast girlfriend and their kids in a heavily-guarded country estate.
Vladimir Putin seen with Alina Kabaeva in 2005[/caption]
Kabaeva is thought to be living on Putin’s vast country estate in Lake Valdai[/caption]
Photos show the opulent luxury inside the mansion, including gilded chairs around a glass table[/caption]
Another picture shows a huge chandelier seemingly decorated with rubies[/caption]
It says construction on Kabaeva’s mansion started in 2020 and was finished two years later.
The mansion, covers nearly 13,000 square feet and was built entirely from wood, in the style of a Russian dacha.
A construction company owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, the businessman known as “Putin’s banker,” is said to have carried out the work.
Unnamed officials claimed they had spotted kids on the premises and satellite images taken between 2016 and 2020 showed a playground in the woods, which is believed to have been built for the family.
The area has also been frequented by Kabaeva’s distant female relatives, who are described as her chaperones in leaked train manifests.
The chaperones are said to own properties in the area.
Kabaeva’s property is said to be just 800 metres from Valdai, Putin’s heavily-guarded and private residence.
Pictures of the mansion, leaked by a construction executive who worked around the house until 2005, reveal its luxurious interiors, which are said to have been inspired by Putin’s love for his hometown of St Petersburg and its eighteenth-century Hermitage Museum.
One image is thought to show the president’s study, complete with ornate mahogany furniture and the secure phones used by top officials at the Kremlin.
Gilded chairs can be seen arranged around a glass table and a spherical chandelier, with golden leaves hanging from the ceiling, in another photo.
According to the contractor, guests were encouraged to reach out and take one of the golden leaves.
In another picture, a massive chandelier seemingly decorated with rubies can be seen.
Reports about the existence of the villa first emerged in 2021 by the team of Alexei Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader, who said that budget funds were used to lease the property from Kovalchuk.
Both Putin and Kabaeva have repeatedly denied they are in a relationship.
Unnamed officials who have attended Putin’s private parties say they have never seen the two together but are in no doubt they do have a relationship, claiming that only top-ranking officers in Putin’s security detail are aware of their arrangement.
Another sign of their closeness came in 2014 when Kabaeva was appointed to head Russia’s National Media Group, a vast media holding by Kovalchuk, even though she had no relevant experience.
The post provides her with an annual income of around £8.6m.
It is unclear if she still holds the post.
The Project’s investigation drew on documents provided by an unnamed whistleblower who was described as an executive in the “business empire of one of the president’s closest friends” and was directly involved in managing a Cyprus-based company used a slush-fund for the president.
It’s claimed the whistleblower got in contact with the site as he was outraged by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and said the Russian regime “must be stopped”.
Documents seen by The Project are said to reveal how Putin’s close friends and their companies were pouring money into Ermira, the Cypriot company, which was later used to purchase luxury estate and provide for the needs of Putin and his family.
Putin was also accused of racking up profits from the sale of a vodka brand named after him which went on the market in the early 2000s.
Property rights to the vodka are said to have been repeatedly transferred between his childhood friend Arkady Rotenberg and the Cypriot company.
According to estimates by The Project, the vodka sales alone would have earned Putin at least half a million dollars between 2004 and 2019.
Kabaeva has been revealed as the owner of a number of other luxury properties in Russia, including a luxury penthouse in Sochi on the Black Sea, which is thought to be the largest apartment in Russia.
When the apartment was briefly for sale, 3D visualisations available online revealed its opulent interiors, including a dining room with marble floors and walls and gilded bannister rails on the stairs between the floors.
Kabaeva’s properties were registered under the name of her relatives, including her elderly grandmother.
The mansion luxurious interiors are said to have been inspired by Putin’s love of his hometown St Petersburg[/caption]
The mansion covers nearly 13,000 square feet[/caption]
The vast estate in Lake Valdai is some 250 miles north west of Moscow[/caption]
Neither Putin or Kabaeva have spoken publicly about their relationship[/caption]