Quick, what's Vlad's net worth?
From Foreign Policy's Passport blog:
RuLeaks, a WikiLeaks type site owned and operated by the Russian Pirate Party, was shut down
by a denial of service attack yesterday after posting photos of a
lavish mansion alleged to be Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's estate on
the Black Sea. The site, and the photos, are now back up.
The existence of the "Putin palace" on the Black Sea was discussed by the Washington Post's David Ignatius in an article last year.
According to Russian whistleblower Sergey Kolesnikov, the still
under-construction digs cost more than $1 billion, include an
amphitheater and three helipads and is being "predominantly paid for
with money donated by Russian businessmen." Putin's spokesman denied the
report, saying that the building has nothing to do with Putin.
From the photos, the place certainly looks fit for a Romanov, with
frescoed ceilings, outdoor maze bushes, marble floors, and four-post
beds. Bizarrely, a man who appears to be a construction worker with his
face blacked out poses in a number of the shots. (He may want to read up on the fates of previous WikiLeakers.) RuLeaks' description of the photos coyly describes them as "photographsof a palace,whichhas recently been discussedin the press"....MORE