- A $3.2 million fishing villa built for Vladimir Putin is abandoned in Finland. Insider newspaper reported.
- This luxury property had three floors, a wine cellar, a sauna and an elevator, but it was unfinished.
- According to insiders, a friend built it for Putin, but stopped after realizing that Putin wasn’t keen on fishing in Finland.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has a multi-million dollar fishing villa in Finland, but he probably won’t use it.
This abandoned villa on the shores of Lake Saimaa in southeastern Finland was built for President Putin by a close friend at a cost of about $3.2 million. Russian independent media The Insider, I have nothing to do with insiders.
The three-storey villa features an elevator, wine cellar, underground parking, sauna, private pool, billiard room, offices and eight toilets, insiders reported, citing the home’s master plan.
But it was never completed, according to the newspaper’s reporter Sergey Kanev.
A video released on Thursday showed Kanef entering an empty house through an open door.
Inside were scaffolding, piles of building materials, tiles, ladders, cables, refrigerators and a missing bathtub.
“Don’t touch these boxes without my permission!” read the message in Russian written on the cardboard box.
The construction work was riddled with problems, and construction workers continued to ignore wages and working conditions and had to be replaced regularly, Insider reported. Some Finnish workers also refused to work on their homes, the newspaper said.
This villa was funded by Victor Humarin According to insiders, he was Putin’s old classmate at Leningrad State University and now works for Russia’s leadership. They went dancing together and were wrestling buddies in college, the media added.
Currently, coumarin is Russia’s largest hydropower company Married to Putin’s cousin According to Forbes magazine.
According to the newspaper, Humarin built a Finnish villa for Putin to spend more time with him.
According to Insider, lobbyists paid about $541,000 for the main building, $216,000 for the security house, $432,000 for building materials, plus additional costs for wooden bridges, trails, fishing huts and other facilities. It says.
It’s unclear exactly when construction took place, but it was before July 2017, according to Insider.
It was then that Putin arrived in the nearby city of Savonlinna. There he met the then President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto.
An insider reported, citing a Russian security official, that during a meeting with Putin, Khumalin’s aides arrived at his villa and said Putin was no longer interested in fishing in Finland. told construction workers to stop.
According to the media, Humarin later wrote the house at a loss because he could not find a buyer.
The reported location of Khumalin’s fishing villa is near Villa Segren, another estate in the Gulf of Finland that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny claimed Putin was using as a vacation resort. and
according to Drone footage posted by Navalny in 2017there is also a pier and a helipad on the grounds of the mansion.
The Kremlin’s press department did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment outside of normal business hours.