A Russian billionaire and shut affiliate of President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Saturday that he’s the true owner of an opulent mansion that jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had claimed belongs to the chief.
Arkady Rotenberg lay declare to the lavish mansion within the Black Sea Coast in a video assertion.
“Now it can not be a secret; I’m the beneficiary,” Rotenberg claimed within the video revealed by the Mash channel in Telegram, according to The Guardian.
“There was a reasonably difficult facility, there have been a whole lot of collectors, and I managed to change into the beneficiary.”
Navalny and his anti-corruption basis published a documentary titled “Putin’s palace. Historical past of world’s largest bribe” on Jan. 19 during which they allege the mansion is owned by the Russian president and is price over $1.5 billion.
Putin has denied he owns the palace and described Navalny’s documentary as “boring,” the BBC reported.
Navalny’s Jan. 17 arrest upon getting back from Germany sparked huge protests in Russia. Greater than 4,000 individuals who demonstrated for Navalny’s launch have been arrested.