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Medvedev's Winter Palace That Sochi Built

Published: January 28, 2014 (Issue # 1794)


To get an idea of just how free the Russian media is, consider the case of Medvedev's purported villa near Sochi.

In 2010, when Dmitry Medvedev was president, a scandal erupted over the illegal construction of a swanky residence on the territory of the Utrish nature reserve in the Krasnodar region. Rumors spread that it was "Medvedev's palace."

The presidential administration was quick to deny any ties to the project, issuing a statement to the media saying: "We have no connection to the construction in the Utrish nature reserve. A small private foundation is building something there on a small plot of land."

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Why is the media so quiet about Medvedev's winter dacha, which is officially listed as a structure that was built for the Olympic Games?

Novaya Gazeta was the only newspaper to investigate the case. It published a front-page story on that construction project and included a document with the signature of the official in the presidential administration who had denied any involvement in the criminal project.

At that point, the public learned the name of the "private foundation" that had shown the temerity to encroach on a nature reserve: DAR.

Not long after, the DAR foundation once again surfaced in connection with Medvedev. He once paid a visit to the ancient Russian town of Plyos, a quaint little settlement of 2,340 residents in the Ivanovo region on the banks of Volga River. Medvedev reportedly fell in love with the place and began vacationing there.

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It was about this same time that somebody purchased a protected landmark in town the Milovka mansion. That was odd because individuals are prohibited by law from buying national monuments like this.

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The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


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Monday, Nov. 3


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Tuesday, Nov. 4


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