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Putin’s ‘£1bn palace with stripper pole’ is just a BUILDING SITE, pro-Kremlin media claims in new video


VLADIMIR Putin’s £1 billion palace is in fact a building site, a pro-Kremlin news outlet has claimed in a new video.

The Russian president’s arch-foe Alexei Navalny claimed the residence, complete with stripper pole, was built with swindled cash.

Putin's palace is at Gelendzhik on the Black Sea

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Putin’s palace is at Gelendzhik on the Black SeaCredit: Alexei Navalny; YouTube
New video claims the site is under construction

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New video claims the site is under constructionCredit: Youtube/Mash Video
Navalny's video claimed the palace comes complete with a stripper pole

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Navalny’s video claimed the palace comes complete with a stripper poleCredit: Alexei Navalny; YouTube

A video released by Navalny.  and now watched 100 million times, showed its opulent interior including a velvet boudoir said to be for exclusive use of the Kremlin strongman and his cronies.

The 44-year-old Novichok attack survivor and anti-corruption campaigner published details on his website with a scathing attack on Putin.

But a video published on Friday by Mash Telegram claims to show palace to be a construction site and suggested the owner was unknown.

“The location is one slab of concrete,” Mash chief editor Maxim Iksanov says in the six-minute clip, the Moscow Times reports.

Iksanov toured the areas featured in Navalny’s investigation and claimed to show them still under construction.

He said a “technical supervisor who has been monitoring construction for six years” told him that the project will take around five years to complete.

Video by a pro-Kremlin claims to show the interior

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Video by a pro-Kremlin claims to show the interiorCredit: Youtube/Mash Video
It claims the project will take around five years to finish

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It claims the project will take around five years to finish Credit: Youtube/Mash Video
One of the rooms that featured in Navalny's video

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One of the rooms that featured in Navalny’s videoCredit: Alexei Navalny; YouTube

“One last question: Why hasn’t the owner of all this property been named? Whoever you are, please respond,” Iksanov implored.

The enormous palace has been built in secret near Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast on the Praskoveevka Estate – said to be 39 times the size of Monaco.

Navalny claims to have been given exclusive access to secret plans for the gaudily-decorated palace with the help of contractors paid to refurbish it.

In the video produced by his investigative team before his recent arrest, he describes the obscene luxury.

He said: “This is not a country house, not a cottage, not a residence. It’s a whole city, or rather a kingdom.”

Poking fun at the pole dancing suite – where a garish lit stage is surrounding by red sofas – Navalny’s statement says: “The palace seems to have a striptease bar for Vlad to enjoy pole-dancing!”

Putin is accused of using swindled money to pay for the palace

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Putin is accused of using swindled money to pay for the palaceCredit: AP:Associated Press

Navalny’s chief investigative aide Maria Pevchikh said the video confirmed allegation that the palace had to be gutted and redone because of poor ventilation design that led to mould.

“Satellite images from six years ago showed that the palace was completely ready,” Navalny said the video.

“But then disaster named mould and sloppiness hit. In all, they decided to redo everything.

“They stripped the walls, stripped the marble, took out everything of value, literally threw billions in the trash and started work again.”

Navalny was led away by cops after he flew back to Moscow from Berlin with his wife on January 17.

The brave opposition leader had been recovering in Germany after a Novichok nerve agent attack five months ago.

Last weekend saw anti-Putin demonstrations take place across Russiawith police forcibly detaining his supporters.

 



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