In January, we published an article about an incredible seafront palace being built close to the Black Sea. According to businessman Sergei Kolesnikov, the luxurious property belongs to Vladimir Putin. Kolesnikov said the palace was financed by Russian oligarchs and alleged the legal owner is just one of Putin’s frontmen.
The prime minister’s spokesperson has denied all claims linking Putin and the palace. Sergei Kolesnikov accepted our video interview request to give his view of the allegations. We showed extracts of his videotaped statement in our weekly show.
We think it important to publish the full extent of the video testimonies sent in by Kolesnikov, who says he feared for his safety. His comments are in Russian and have not been subtitled.