Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny has accused Vladimir Putin of utilizing state money to fund his secret mistresses.
The opposition chief – who was allegedly poisoned by a chemical nerve agent planted by a authorities hit squad – made the allegations in a brand new video issued after his arrest in Moscow.
He has additionally claimed that Putin has a £1 billion palace on the Black Sea with a pink velvet pole-dancing den and a on line casino.
Navalny, 44, additionally claimed that the Russian chief – who he labels the world’s richest man – makes use of a “slush fund” to cowl the bills of his prolonged household.
This contains Putin’s alleged associate Alina Kabaeva – a gold-medal profitable Olympic gymnast – and ex-mistress Svetlana Krivonogikh, who’s reportedly the mum of his 17-year-old love baby, Navalny alleged.
The lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner claimed: “Putin – as befits an individual who imagines himself a monarch – has a wealthy and eventful private life.
“The wants of our humble president are by no means restricted to the Black Sea palace. What in regards to the family members?
“You don’t count on that they, like some odd folks, will stay on a wage?
“Everybody wants a spot to stay. Everybody wants a airplane. Everybody wants a yacht.
“All this should be paid for. Because of this we want a monetary scheme and individuals who will fill this scheme with cash.
“This slush fund…. is utilized by Putin with a purpose to cowl the bills of relations.”
He stated Putin was behind Krivonogikh’s rise from a cleaner to a shareholder of Rossiya Financial institution.
“No-one can perceive how such happiness fell on Krivonogikh, who as soon as labored as a cleaner. Right here’s the reply,” Navalny stated.
“Krivonogikh met Putin within the late Nineties, and in 2003, in response to Proekt (media), she gave start to his daughter Elizaveta.”
She then acquired quite a lot of luxurious flats through oligarch mates of Putin, Navalny claimed.
“After Krivonogikh gave start to Putin’s baby, a bunch of belongings – together with a 3 per cent stake in Rossiya Financial institution – had been registered for her,” Navalny stated.
“There may be no random ladies on this scheme.
“That is one other instance of how Putin’s mates steal from all the nation, and as a token of gratitude they assist Putin’s mistress and her baby.
“Putin’s private life issues solely him. He may even have 20 households if he needs, it’s none of our enterprise. We take note of one thing else.
“His tumultuous relationship is paid for by bribes and corruption.
“Get this – there are 20 million beggars within the nation, and he buys a yacht for his mistress.”
However this was a “trifle” in contrast with the funding of Kabaeva, he claimed.
“Billions of stolen cash are being spent on supporting one other lady of Putin,” he stated.
Kabaeva’s grandmother acquired an condo in St Petersburg from an oligarch near Putin, Gennady Timchenko, he alleged.
The grandmother additionally allegedly acquired two homes.
In the meantime, Kabaeva controls main newspapers and TV stations in Russia as chairman of Nationwide Media Group, which belongs to a different shut Putin oligarch Yury Kovalchuk.
“Kabaeva is the most effective on this planet at leaping with a ball and a ribbon, however she wouldn’t have been capable of handle tv firms and newspapers if not for her reference to Putin,” he stated.
Her official wage is £7.8 million.
He taunted Putin: “The lifetime of a polygamist brings not solely pleasure, but in addition issues.”
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Putin offered for the moms of Kabaeva and Krivonogikh through a Gazprom subsidiary referred to as Teplo Make investments, he claimed.
“I believe [Gazprom] to vary the slogan,” he stated.
“Gazprom: Utilizing the nationwide treasure to assist Putin’s mother-in-laws.”