Government officials’ villas and land in Europe exposed
Government Representative in the Supreme and the Constitutional Courts Mikhail Borshchevsky owns more than 20 different land plots.
After government officials made their income declarations public, it turned out that some of them were large landowners. For example, Government Representative in the Supreme and the Constitutional Courts Mikhail Borshchevsky owns more than 20 different land plots, one of them in Latvia. Director of the Protocol Department, Aleksandr Valyaev, owns a plot and a villa in Spain.
Sergey Kulikov, the deputy head of the board of the Military Industrial Commission, is the richest man in the government apparatus. He has reported on the annual earnings of 46.9 million rubles ($724,268). A large land plot of 2,600 square meters is owned by Valery Zorkin, the chairman of the Constitutional Court. He has earned about 13 million rubles ($200,756). Deputy Head of the secretariat Rinat Mukhamedzhanov has earned the least - only 2.5 million rubles ($38,607).
Previously, Vladimir Putin declared his income. According to official data, his salary was about 8 million rubles ($123,542).
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.