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Fri May 4, 2012, 07:27 PM

Putin's palace? A mystery Black Sea mansion fit for a tsar (BBC)

By Tim Whewell
BBC News

On a thickly wooded mountainside overlooking Russia's Black Sea coast, an extraordinary building has gradually taken shape. It is alleged to be a palace built for the personal use of Vladimir Putin, with massive and illegal use of state funds.

Originally conceived, it is said, as a modest holiday house with a swimming pool, it now boasts a magnificent columned facade reminiscent of the country palaces Russian tsars built in the 18th Century.

The massive wrought-iron gates into the courtyard are topped with a golden imperial eagle. Outside are formal gardens, a private theatre, a landing pad with bays for three helicopters, and accommodation for security guards.

All this and more is revealed by satellite images of the area and photographs on the internet, some of which you see here, which campaigners say were leaked by workers at the site.

The mystery of why the palace was built and who provided the enormous sums of money required to pay for it is much harder to uncover.
more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17730959

A longish article, with charges and countercharges ...

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elleng May 2012 #1
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Fri May 4, 2012, 10:35 PM

2. They don't change their spots much do they

I love reading Russian history. Same story and same suffering over and over again. Hard to imagine.

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