Medinsky's wife owns two-level penthouse worth $3 million in Khamovniki
The elite dwelling has a gym, a library, bedrooms and a living room with ceilings 8 meters high.
The family of the Culture Minister, Vladimir Medinsky, acquired a two-story penthouse in one of the elite residential complexes in Moscow, reports the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
This is about a two-level apartment with an area of 300 square meters in residential complex Sadovye Kvartaly in Khamovniki. The approximate value of such a property is at least 200 million rubles ($3 m), decoration and furniture not included. The dwelling has a gym, a library, several bedrooms and a living room with ceilings 8 meters high. In addition, the owners have a spacious terrace.
According to ACF, the purchase was made last year, and the apartment was registered in the name of the minister’s spouse.
It is worth noting that the official income of Medinsky for the entire 2018 amounted to almost 42 million rubles ($647.7 thousand), and the income of his spouse -to 41.7 million rubles ($643.1 thousand).
The ACF's investigation also mentions Konstantin Goloshchapov, whom the media calls "Putin's massage therapist," since he was a massage therapist at the judo club the president visited in his youth.
Recently, the name of Goloshchapov has been mentioned in connection with the published video of the milestone birthday of the 'night governor' of St. Petersburg and the leader of Tambovskaya gang Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin. Goloshchapov was there among other high-ranking guests.
According to ACF, Goloshchapov owns the rights to the movie Innokenty Sibiryakov. Help me, I am terribly rich!, which the Russian authorities actively promoted, including in the foreign market. 5.5 million rubles ($84.8 thousand) was spent from the state budget on its screening in cinemas of the country, the same amount was spent on its release in Paris, and the authorities are ready to pay another 10 million rubles ($154.2 thousand) for its screening in Switzerland.
Goloshchapov, as reported, has a villa in Croatia worth 40 million rubles ($617 thousand), luxury apartments in Moscow and other real estate.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.