"We don’t take from anyone, ours is an earnest living" – Olga Shuvalova

"We don’t take from anyone, ours is an earnest living" – Olga Shuvalova
The Shuvalovs and their Corgi Photo: © The CrimeRussia

Corgi forum visitors found a user, who is presumed to be the wife of Deputy Prime Minister, Olga Shuvalova. Going by the nicknames Olga Shu and Gabby (the name of one of her corgies), she participated in the discussions, telling that "it is better for the dogs to fly on a personal jet, on a couch or a bed," and denied accusations that her dogs had been unfairly awarded at the exhibitions.

"Of course, it is better for the dogs to fly on a personal jet, on a couch or a bed, and less stressful for me. Well, to each his own, if you excuse me, but we do not take from anyone, ours is an earnest living. So, I have no clue as to why it bothers someone." Gabby wrote in September 2007 at the Corgi Club forum. Her other messages and the replies from visitors show that she is connected to the Russian Deputy Prime Minister (at the time of the debate, a presidential aide) Igor Shuvalov. Users even accused her of putting pressure on the jury of the corgi competitions by telling them that "I.I. Shuvalov’s doggies will be present."

Also, Gabby mentions in her messages a certain Valery Lemzikov, who is a friend of a user named Olga Shuvalova on Facebook.

Gabby participated in discussions on the forum in 2007-2013.

Earlier, members of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (the FBK) found a Bombardier Global Express jet, which allegedly belongs to the family of Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, though not mentioned in any of the official declarations. After that, it was reported that Olga Shuvalova uses this private jet to transport their corgi dogs to European exhibitions.

While commenting to FBK on the situation, the official's wife did not deny the fact and said that her dogs thus "defend the honor of Russia." Subsequently, Shuvalova told to BBC that FBK misinterpreted her words and promised to sue the activists.

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