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Emails reveal network of bodies with $4.5 billion in assets linked to Putin’

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A vast network of companies totaling more than $4.5 billion in luxury assets linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin all share a common email domain, it has been reported.

An investigation by the Russian-Latvian news organization meduza and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) found that a total of 86 different companies, seemingly unrelated and active in different industries, all communicated under the email domain ‘LLCInvest.ru’.

The email domain is hosted by a Russian IT company closely associated with Bank Rossiya – described by the US Treasury as “the personal bank for senior officials of the Russian Federation” – whose shareholders are a collective of Putin’s friends, associates and even one of his supposed mistresses.

A slew of assets owned by various companies and their oligarchs — including a Black Sea palace, a luxury ski resort and a superyacht — have reportedly been used and enjoyed by Putin in the past.

But a digital paper trail, revealed via the shared LLCInvest email domain, has shown for the first time how all these companies and their respective assets are inextricably linked to one vast network of power and wealth, centered on the Russian president. †

A huge network of companies with a combined total of more than $4.5 billion in luxury assets linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) all share one common email domain, it has been reported.

This grab, taken on Jan. 25, 2021 from a distribution video from the Alexey Navalny Youtube channel, shows an aerial view of a property located along Russia's southern Black Sea, which Navalny claims is owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin

This grab, taken on Jan. 25, 2021 from a distribution video from the Alexey Navalny Youtube channel, shows an aerial view of a property located along Russia’s southern Black Sea, which Navalny claims is owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin

A slew of assets owned by various companies and their oligarchs who share an LLCInvest email address – including this Black Sea palace – are all said to have been used and enjoyed by Putin in the past

A slew of assets owned by various companies and their oligarchs who share an LLCInvest email address – including this Black Sea palace – are all said to have been used and enjoyed by Putin in the past

Alexei Navalny's team shares new photos of what they describe as President Vladimir Putin's

Alexei Navalny’s team shares new photos of what they describe as President Vladimir Putin’s “palace” in Gelendzhik, on the Black Sea

This image of the Black Sea mansion was described by Navalny's team as 'Putin's bedroom'

This image of the Black Sea mansion was described by Navalny’s team as ‘Putin’s bedroom’

The sprawling 'Igora' ski resort outside Saint Petersburg is one of several assets owned by LLCInvest companies

The sprawling ‘Igora’ ski resort outside Saint Petersburg is one of several assets owned by LLCInvest companies

Past attempts to prove which assets are in Putin’s hands have been fruitless, although the reality is widely believed to be very different from the picture painted by official Russian documents, which suggest the president is nothing more than an apartment and a owns a few cars.

Every time a luxury villa or superyacht was associated with the Russian despot, one of his friends, associates or oligarchs would come forward to claim the property.

Billionaire businessman and Putin’s fellow judo practitioner Arkady Rotenberg was named as the owner of the Gelendzhik Black Sea Palace, while the Sellgren villa north of St. Petersburg was claimed by Sergey Rudnov, the son of a longtime Putin associate who died in 2015. died.

But the companies associated with both of these individuals turned out to be using a private email address associated with the… LLCInvest network.

Other unofficial members of the network include Putin’s childhood friend and majority shareholder of Bank Rossiya, Yuri Kovalchuk, oligarch Gennady Timchenko and alleged mistress Svetlana Krivonogikh.

A Russian corruption expert, who remained anonymous for security reasons, told Meduza: “The only explanation I see is that these companies are united by a common management system…”[LLCInvest] resembles a cooperative, or an association, in which the members can exchange benefits and property.’

This theory of a common management system that allows Russian elites to trade and share incredible sums of money and highly sought-after assets supports long-standing claims that Putin consolidated a vast fortune shrouded in an array of proxies and frontmen.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov immediately stopped investigating after LLCInvest’s disclosure, stating that “the President of the Russian Federation is in no way associated with or associated with the said assets and organizations.”

Meduza and OCCRP, meanwhile, said they had not received a single response from hundreds of LLCInvest email addresses they contacted in the course of their investigation, although read receipts indicated that dozens of the emails had been opened by the recipients.

Ownership of this opulent villa north of Saint Petersburg was claimed by Sergey Rudnov, the son of a longtime Putin associate who died in 2015.

Ownership of this opulent villa north of Saint Petersburg was claimed by Sergey Rudnov, the son of a longtime Putin associate who died in 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg (L) attend judo training at the Yug Sport complex on February 14, 2019.  Rotenberg is the alleged owner of a huge Black Sea palace connected to the LLCInvest network

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg (L) attend judo training at the Yug Sport complex on February 14, 2019. Rotenberg is the alleged owner of a huge Black Sea palace connected to the LLCInvest network

Bank Rossiya chairman and main shareholder Yuri Kovalchuk

Svetlana Krivonogikh is one of Putin's alleged mistress who supposedly fathered a secret child

Unofficial members of the network include Putin’s childhood friend and majority shareholder of Bank Rossiya, Yuri Kovalchuk (L), oligarch Gennady Timchenko, and alleged mistress Svetlana Krivonogikh (R)

The findings of the investigation were published just days after Putin dismissed the West’s sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs and companies after his invasion of Ukraine, posing a thinly veiled threat to oligarchs who believed they were abandoning Russia for sunnier places.

Amid a lengthy condemnation of the US and its allies, Putin, 69, warned that “nothing will be as it was” when he delivered more than 90 minutes’ last week’s keynote speech from the St Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF). later than expected after the event hit by a cyber attack.

When he finally took the stage, Putin warned the Russian elites who thought they were leaving his regime.

“It’s safer in your own house,” he said solemnly. “Anyone who didn’t want to listen to this has lost millions abroad.”

Putin received applause from the audience as he reaffirmed his determination to continue the “military special operation” in Ukraine, which has led to an “unprecedented” barrage of Western economic sanctions.

Putin ominously asserted that the West “thinks they have won” and said Moscow’s war in Ukraine had become “a lifesaver for the West to blame Russia for all its problems.”

He added that the US considers itself “God’s emissary on earth,” and that Western sanctions were based on a false premise that Russia had no economic sovereignty.

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