The mansion is located in a vast forest overlooking a lake. Most of the furniture, including tables, chandeliers, and chairs, is gold. There are various facilities nearby, including a sauna, swimming pool, and beauty salon.
The independent Russian media outlet Proekt reported on February 28 on the existence of a villa that President Vladimir Putin has built on the shores of Lake Valdai in northwestern Russia. According to Proekt, President Putin bought this large mansion for his “mistress,” former rhythmic gymnastics gold medalist Kabayeva, and they live there with their children.
The fact that President Putin and Kabayeva are so close is Russia’s biggest taboo. In April ’08, the Russian tabloid Moskovsky Correspondent reported that the two were having a male-female relationship. Immediately afterwards, however, the paper suddenly ceased publication, citing financial difficulties. It is rumored that the paper was shut down due to the anger of President Putin,” said a reporter from the international section of a national newspaper.
So why did private information about President Putin and Ms. Kabayeva come to light this time? Itsuro Nakamura, a professor emeritus at Tsukuba University and an expert on Russian affairs, explains.
It is because there is internal strife in Russia. In December 2009, Kabayeva gave birth to a baby boy without revealing the father. It is said to be President Putin’s child. It is natural that Kabayeva, who is favored by President Putin, would eventually want her son to become the leader of Russia.
This is being opposed by his former wife, Lyudmila, and their two daughters, Maria, the eldest, and Katerina, the second, both in their late 30s. The two daughters are in their late 30s and must consider themselves the legitimate successors to President Putin. They will not be amused by the lavish treatment of Kabayeva.
Revelation battle” at the mansion
In February, the existence of a mansion owned by his former wife Lyudmila in Spain was revealed. And now it was reported about Kabayeva’s villa on the shores of Lake Valdai. According to Nakamura, the two sides are engaged in a “war of attrition.
If it were known that someone close to President Putin owned a mansion and other vast assets, it would be subject to economic sanctions by the Western countries that are in conflict with Russia,” he said. We are pulling each other’s legs.
President Putin has long been rumored to be worried about his health. His two daughters, the eldest and youngest, are said to have grand ambitions. Nakamura continues.
President Putin has three major problems. The first is the situation in Ukraine, which is bogged down in health concerns, and the second is the infighting between his ‘mistress’ and his daughters. I think he is considering retirement because he is in a state of complete confusion and his health is not good. I think it is the daughters who are trying to make a name for themselves as “empresses.
In Russia, “Empress” refers to Yekaterina II. She is the great emperor who established the Romanov dynasty and the Russian Empire. In Russia, she is still held in the highest esteem and reverence. I believe that his daughters are trying to become the second coming of Yekaterina II. The only way to revive Russia, which is stuck in the Ukrainian conflict and becoming isolated from the international community, is for them to become the “Empress.”
Various people are stirring in Russia, aiming to be the “next” President Putin. It seems that the revival of the “great empire” will not be a simple task.
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