The penthouse where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first daughter Maria lived with her partner has gone on sale.

The 7,500-square-feet penthouse is situated over the two upper floors of the building, located among the picturesque canals of the “Crimean District” (Krimwijk in Dutch) in Voorschoten, a suburban area near the Dutch capital of the Hague and the university town of Leiden.

Maria Putin reportedly left the country in 2014 after the MH17 plane crash in Eastern Ukraine, attributed to pro-Russia separatists, which soured relations between Russia and the Netherlands.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Putin’s daughter lived in Voorschoten in 2013, adding that locals had even seen the Russian president shopping at the local supermarket.

Putin, who has traditionally been eager to shelter his family from the public eye, was reportedly displeased with the release of such private information about Maria. “The Dutch media have not only put their own citizen in danger, but also family members from a friendly head of state and thus seriously damaging the interests of a friendly country,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a Russian radio station in 2013, Dutch business magazine Quote reported. Quote also reported on Putin’s daughter liaison with Dutch businessman Jorrit Faassen in 2011, the penthouse’s owner.

(c)NEWSWEEK 2017


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