Putin's annual income falls by half
The president’s fortune is less than that of his press secretary and the prime minister.
According to the income declaration published on the Kremlin’s website, in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin earned 8.64 million rubles ($ 134,000) compared to 18.7 million rubles ($ 290,000) in 2017. At the same time, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported an income of 12.795 million rubles ($ 200,000), and his spouse, figure skater Tatyana Navka – about 218.6 million rubles ($ 3,34 million). Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev indicated in the declaration an income of 9.917 million rubles ($ 154,000).
In addition to income, Putin, according to the declaration, owns two apartments of 77 and 153,7 sq. m., two parking spaces of 18 sq. m. each, two GAZ M21 cars, one Niva, and a Skif trailer. Medvedev owns an apartment of 367.8 sq.m. and two cars – GAZ-20 and GAZ-21, and also rents a land plot of 47 acres. In 2017, Medvedev's income was 8.5 million rubles ($ 132,000), and Peskov's – 14.3 million rubles ($ 222,000).
Navka owns two land plots, two residential buildings, three apartments, one garage, as well as two Mercedes cars and an all-terrain vehicle.
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.