“We’ll tell it sometime later.” Medinsky declines to comment on investigation into his wife’s penthouse worth of $3.1 million
The Culture Minister did not allow a reporter to finish his question.
During his meeting with reporters in Novosibirsk, the RF Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky declined to comment on investigation into his wife’s high-end apartment carried out by oppositionist Aleksey Navlny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, reports NGS.
Medinsky did not allow a reporter to finish his question related to Navlny’s video by interrupting him.
“I don’t want to comment upon the topic. We’ll tell it sometime later,” the Minister said.
The day before, the Anti-Corruption Foundation posted its investigation into a high-end real estate that might be owned by Medinsky’s family. According to the Foundation, in 2018, the Minister purchased a 2-storey penthouse in a high-end residential complex Sadovye kvartaly and registered it in the name of his spouse. The accommodation’s approximate cost (undecorated and with no furniture) is at least 200 million rubles ($3.1 million). The residential space with an area of 300 square meters has a gym, a library, bedrooms and a living room with a ceiling with a height of 8 meters. Besides that, there’s a spacious terrace in front of the penthouse.
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.