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Vladimir Putin is living like a Tsar

With 700 cars, 58 planes and helicopters, 20 opulent homes, 11 watches, 4 yachts, Russian president Vlad Putin is living more like a Tsar than the “galley slave” (as he described himself) with simple tastes he has presented himself as being..

He’s living the dream, no doubt about it:

The text (in a publication revealing his excess) was accompanied by photographs of luxurious homes, jets, helicopters, cars and watches, complete with footnotes citing Russian media as sources for many of the items. Nine new residences had been added to the list available to the president since Putin first became head of state in 2000, it said.

As well as 15 helicopters, the 43 other aircraft available to Putin include an Airbus, two Dassault Falcon executive jets and an Ilyushin Il-96 airliner that features an $18-million cabin fitted out by jewelers – and that toilet which, the report says, cost close to $75,000.

For a man who, in 2008, described his workload in office as being like that of a galley slave, the Kremlin fleet of luxury yachts may draw more comparison to the lifestyles of Russia’s high-profile business tycoons, the “oligarchs”.

One 53.7-metre yacht with a designer interior, a spa pool, waterfall and wine cellar is relegated to second best.

“The real diamond of the Kremlin flotilla,” the report says, is a five-decked yacht with a Jacuzzi, barbecue, a maple wood colonnade and a huge bathroom faced in marble.

A 930-hectare (2,300-acre) residence on Lake Valdai in northwestern Russia has a cinema, a bowling alley and a “presidential church”, the report said.

It said a little-known three-storey residence near Saratov, on the Volga river southeast of Moscow, has German chandeliers and Italian furniture, and features a billiard room, a winter garden, a pool and sauna.

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