“Everything inside is in marble, you can only walk in socks” “Project” said that for the sake of “Putin’s palace” near Gelendzhik, a children’s camp was demolished. A chalet with a VIP theater was built in its place

Not far from the “Putin’s palace” near Gelendzhik, about which in January described detail by the team of opposition leader Alexei Navalny , there used to be a children’s camp “Golden vine”. Several years ago, the camp was sold to a company owned by friends of the Russian president and linked to the palace attributed to him. Now elite chalets are being completed on the site of the camp, “Project” found out .


Children’s camp “Golden vine” in the village of Praskoveevka on the Black Sea coast near Gelendzhik has existed since 1968. At first it was called “Golden Polyana” and was a departmental recreation center of the SNIIP Institute , which is engaged in nuclear instrumentation. In the 2000s, the camp was renamed “Golden Vine”, and SNIIP became part of the state corporation “Rosatom”. Over the summer, the camp could accommodate more than two thousand children.https://www.youtube.com/embed/r_q2PmNHT2A?feature=oembed&iv_load_policy=3&showinfo=0&color=whiteWhat the Golden Vine children’s camp looked likexxlformay

“In 2009 or 2010, for the first time, there were rumors that a dacha for Putin was being built near [the camp]. First, vineyards appeared there, which began to constantly patrol. We had a football field next to the vineyards, the danger was that the ball would not arrive on their territory, ”Sofya Bragina, who came to the“ Golden Vine ”every year as a child, told The Project.

The former leader of the “Golden Vine”, whose name “Project” does not name, said that from 2013-2014, people in uniform began to stop in the woods near the camp either children or counselors (as reported environmentalists , the forest had been protected since 2004 employees of the Federal Guard Service and the FSB Border Service). And in 2017, the camp physical instructor was detained, who was doing a morning jog in the forest. He was taken to the police for an identity check. The man returned to the camp only in the evening.

The owner of the vineyards that appeared near the “Golden vine” was the company “Lazurnaya Yagoda”. Now it is owned by a friend of the President of Russia Gennady Timchenko and the son of another friend of his, the late Pyotr Kolbin, Vladimir Kolbin. Navalny argued in his investigation that Azure Berry is on the list of companies that are associated with Putin’s palace and own wineries, a chateau and an oyster farm nearby.

In 2017, Lazurnaya Yagoda bought the territory of the Zolotaya Vine camp from SNIIP at the starting bidding price of 66 million rubles. Prior to this, the auction for the sale of the camp had been announced and canceled four times. For the first time, businessman Dmitry Yuzhik was its only participant. He wanted to make a children’s resort out of the Golden Vine, but he could not buy a camp: SNIIP, for an unknown reason, canceled the results of the auction.

Arguing why “Azure Berry” needed to buy the camp, “Project” notes that it wedged into the company’s vineyards and adjoined a protected forest near “Putin’s palace”. “Perhaps the site of the camp was needed by the owners of the palace so that only“ their own ”would surround its perimeter, and footballs would not fly into the vineyards,” the publication suggests.

The first buildings of the camp were demolished soon after it was bought, a former leader of the Golden Vine told The Project. As the newspaper writes, the former employees of the camp and the parents of the children who were resting in it advocated the preservation of the camp. They complained to the Gelendzhik administration and the Ministry of Education, and also created a petition addressed to Vladimir Putin on the Change.org website, collecting over a thousand signatures under it. But it did not help.

A builder working on the territory of the former camp anonymously told The Project that four chalets are almost completed there, one of which will have a VIP theater for no more than 8-10 guests. “Everything inside is in marble, you can only walk on it in socks. The object is endlessly rebuilt. The owners are constantly not satisfied with everything, and the millionth construction site was demolished and reassembled every now and then. We didn’t stop at the coronavirus either, ”the source said.

He confirmed that the territory where the vineyard and the chalet are located is connected with the “Putin’s palace”. There are several facilities inside, where the same construction teams work. Each object has its own name: the main palace – “zero”, the former children’s camp – “tag”. According to the builder, they are preparing to hand over the “tag” in a few months, 15 thousand plants and a chandelier “thousand for 800” have already been delivered to the territory. Builders, to get here to work, are tested by the FSO, and on their shift, under pain of dismissal, they are prohibited from using telephones, said the source of the Project.

Answering the question for whom all this is being built, he said with a smile: “It’s a very big question.”

(c)MEDUZA 2021

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