The enormous 1,000-acre site is hidden away in the northern Karelian forests, only 20 miles from Finland, as per the Dossier Centre, a Russian investigative organization
Near the Finnish border, Russian President Vladimir Putin has covertly constructed an exquisite home that includes two $10,000 bidets, a “stolen” waterfall, and potentially even its own air defense system.
The vast 1,000-acre facility is tucked away in the northern Karelian forests, barely 20 miles from Finland, according to a Russian investigative group called the Dossier Centre. According to the outlet, the lair, which is situated on the banks of Lake Ladoga, also has a cattle and trout farm, two helicopter pads, yacht piers, and three contemporary-style houses.
Video footage reveals that it is guarded by drone defense systems, barbed-wire fencing, and a round-the-clock security staff.
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The only ways to get to the compound are by air or boat. Since Finland joined NATO in April, ties between Russia and its neighbors have deteriorated, with the Kremlin threatening “countermeasures” and relocating nuclear-capable missiles closer to the border in retaliation.
Finland closed its border crossings in November after accusing Russia of smuggling hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa across its borders.
The report states that The Barn, The Fisherman’s Hut, and The Garden House are the names of the three residences situated on the estate. According to reports, the lavish bidets, shower heads that may cost up to $4,400 apiece, and $108,000 Italian Fior di Bosco marble floors are all featured in the residences.
On the picturesque grounds is also a brewery equipped with over $380,000 worth of Austrian brewing machinery, which can produce 82 pints of beer daily. Putin reportedly only comes to the estate once a year, presumably to let off steam, according to locals. “There is no doubt the president relaxes here,” a reporter for Dossier Centre said in a video report. “During his visits, the local security is replaced by FSO [Federal Guard Service] employees, entrances are blocked off, and neighboring islands are sealed off.”
Drone footage showed off a waterfall that was purportedly taken from Skerries National Park, where the home was constructed. The video shows a high embankment near the back of the main property that may be used to station a surface-to-air defense system, a feature present on some of Putin’s other homes.
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The report claims that the estate was funded by businesses connected to Putin’s oligarch friends with ties to the Kremlin. The land was registered in the name of Yury Kovalchuk, the chairman of Bank Rossiya and one of Putin’s “cashiers” and “personal banker,” according to the US Treasury.
The Russian president’s real estate is allegedly overseen by Kovalchuk, who has been under US and EU sanctions since 2014.