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Extent of Vladimir Putin’s palatial $1.3 billion mansion on the Black Sea revealed on Google Maps

The impressive estate that can be apparently seen from space, also features sports courts and apartments for staff and security

Putin's Black Sea spread

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Vladimir Putin’s palatial $1.3 billion mansion on the Black Sea has been exposed by aerial photos captured by Google Maps.

The extent of the Russian President’s estate that is also known as ‘Residence at Cape Idokopas’ and ‘Putin’s country cottage’ by critics is revealed in the images that show the palace set within a walled-in and heavily guarded 160,000 square metres.

The massive pile is reached by a long snaking road that cuts through the nearby forests past a trio of helipads.

The building itself surrounds a courtyard on four sides and towards the rear of the building are two maze-like gardens.

It has been claimed the buildings dotted around the palace’s ground contain swimming pools, theatres and even a private casino.

The impressive estate that can be apparently seen from space, also features sports courts and apartments for the staff and security who live on site.

It is believed to have been built during the Russian president’s first term.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has strongly dismissed claims of any association between the Russian leader and the palace on the Black Sea.

He said: "Putin has never had any relation to this building.”

The mansion as seen on Goole Maps

However, against a backdrop of anti-war sentiment in Russia that has arisen in the wake of its army’s devastating march on Ukraine, attention has focused on the decadent lifestyle of the Russian leader.

A 2021 documentary made by a Russian anti-corruption team revealed details of the astonishingly large and opulent palace.

Alex Navalny released the 113-minute documentary-style film that alleges Putin and his billionaire friends secretly built the mansion using illicit funds.

The documentary claims that analysis of financial documents reveals that the mansion cost almost 100 billion rubles, or about $1.3 billion. Money, he claims Putin funnelled from various oligarch cronies.

Navalny, who refers to the palace as the world’s biggest bribe, claims that the investigation doesn’t rely on financial records alone.

Navalny and his team obtained detailed floor plans, drone footage, and interior photographs.

During its investigation, Navalny's team managed to obtain an official flight chart showing a box of restricted airspace around Putin's Palace, prohibiting anything from flying through at any altitude between 13,000 feet, and the ground.

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Navalny's group also says that the actual size of the estate is around 100 times larger if one includes a nearly 17,300-acre adjacent plot of land that the FSB reportedly owns.

The report adds that in September 2020 this land was leased to a firm that officially owns the Residence at Cape Idokopas through to 2068, ostensibly "for scientific research and educational activities, hunting, and fishing".

At a 2017 Senate Judiciary Hearing, Putin critic and financier Bill Browder estimated the president "has accumulated $200 billion of “ill-gotten gains” and described him as “one of the richest men in the world."

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