Putin denies owning £1bn Black Sea palace after Navalny exposé
Vladimir Putin has denied claims he owns a palace, in his first comments since critic Alexei Navalny linked the president to an opulent £1bn development on the Black Sea coast.
The Russian president said he had “not had the time” to view the 2 hour long investigation, released online by Mr Navalny’s team shortly after the Putin critic’s jailing last week.
Nonetheless, the extracts he had seen represented an obvious attempt to “brainwash” Russians using “ten year old rumours.”
“They decided it was a good time to put things together and brainwash our citizens,” he said. “This is just a compilation, a cut and paste job.”
In a complicated formula, Mr Putin said neither he nor close relatives had ever owned the property. That formula appeared to sidestep the main claim made by Mr Navalny’s team that oligarchs gifted the palace to the president as way of a bribe.
Mr Navalny’s report has already been watched over 85 million times, one reason why the Russian leader felt obliged to make a comment.
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