French authorities confirm that €3.5mln house in Biarritz belongs to Putin’s family
“People see them walking in the market. But we do not approach them and do not make a selfie with them. We do not care who they are,” said a representative of the city authorities about Putin’s relatives.
Deputy Mayor of Biarritz, located in France, Jocelyn Castaned confirmed to the media that the family of Russian President Vladimir Putin owns two houses in the municipality. One of the houses belongs to Putin’s possible son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov. The house was bought in 2012.
“People see them walking in the market. But we do not approach them and do not make a selfie with them. We don't care who they are,” explained Castaned. She pointed out that the property was acquired legally.
The official said that former president’s spouse Lyudmila Putin often comes here.
Reuters journalists wrote about a villa in the south-west of France in November 2015, when information came out that the property was owned by Katerina Tikhonova, CEO of Innopraktika.
The villa is a four-storey house of 300 square meters with a swimming pool by the sea. The plot around the villa is 2000 square meters. According to architect Pierre Forrot, the value of this house is more than €3.5 million. According to the media, Kirill Shamalov, the co-owner of SIBUR, bought the villa for his spouse Tikhonova. He owns a 21.3% stake in a gas processing petrochemical company. Shamalov is the son of a Petersburg friend of Vladimir Putin, Nikolai Shamalov, a shareholder of the bank Rossiya.
Russians have been standing for their rights more aggressively since the controversial pension reform, worsened financial situation and social unrest against the background of the elections to the Moscow City Duma.