Recall, for the first time about this residence in detail told businessman Sergey Kolesnikov in 2010, and after the scandal that broke out, the palace in 2011 officially passed over in the possession of businessman Alexander Ponomarenko. Vedomosti wrotethat Ponomarenko, in fact, bought the palace with the money of Transneft. The FBK, in its investigation, claims that the building is still being maintained with the money of the state-owned Rosneft and Transneft, and that after the fictitious sale, the palace remained the residence of Putin.
Businessman Arkady Rotenberg said that the palace in Gelendzhik belongs to him. “I really like this business, the hotel business,” Rotenberg said. He added that in the future he wants to “turn” the place where the house is located into a tourism business.
At the same time, the Sobesednik wrote that the “Putin Palace” in Gelendzhik is controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk, and not by Arkady Rotenberg. As the publication found out, the corporate mail of the St. Petersburg company Binom, on which the palace is registered, is located on the llcinvest.ru domain. It belongs to the Standard company, associated with a friend of Vladimir Putin, the main shareholder of Rossiya Bank, Yuri Kovalchuk. Firm “Standard” is registered at the same address with “Igora Drive” and other assets of Kovalchuk.
According to The Insider, the construction of “Putin’s palace” was financed by the Swiss company Lirus Management AG, which is managed by lawyer Jürg Wisman. In 2012, the former co-owner of the Vyborgsky plant, Sergei Kolesnikov, said that the owner of the Swiss Lirus Management AG, represented by Wismann, is Vladimir Putin through “bearer shares” of the structure of the same name in Liechtenstein. Wismann also turned out attorney of the head of the “Tambovskaya” organized crime group Gennady Petrov. As his consigliere, Wisman handled the European assets of the Tambov organized crime group.
The Insider discovered there are surprisingly many similarities between Putin’s palace and the villa of former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi. A stadium, an amphitheater, an artificial lake, a secret tunnel, halls for night parties – apparently, Putin was very impressed with a visit to Berlusconi’s villa at the beginning of his reign and built something similar for himself, but in the interiors of the Winter Palace.