Alexey Navalny's researchers dig up the Paris apartment owned by the daughter and ex-wife of Putin's spokesman
Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) has published a new investigative report targeting Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov and some members of his family. The foundation says Peskov’s ex-wife, Ekaterina Solotsinskaya, and their daughter, Elizaveta, own an apartment in Paris worth 1.8 million euros ($2.1 million).
Using French cadastral records, Navalny’s researchers say they found that the apartment is 180 square meters (1,937 square feet), located on Avenue Victor-Hugo in the city’s 16th arrondissement, and was purchased in September 2016. The property technically belongs to a French legal entity called “SIRIUS,” which is 75-percent owned by Ekaterina Solotsinskaya and quarter owned by Elizaveta. The apartment was bought with a 1.3-million-euro downpayment and a 470,000-euro mortgage, which was borrowed from a French branch of VTB Bank at a 2.7-percent annual interest rate.
Purchase records indicate that Peskov’s ex-wife and daughter used their own money to buy the apartment, but Solotsinskaya’s past income declarations indicate that she doesn’t have this kind of money. FBK believes she acquired the funds illegally.
This isn’t the first time Navalny’s group has turned its sights on Peskov. Past FBK investigations have claimed that the president’s spokesman wears a wristwatch worth 37 million rubles ($632,300) and lives in a home worth billions of rubles. Navalny has accused Peskov of spending his honeymoon aboard a yacht that costs 26 million rubles ($444,340) to rent for a week. FBK also says one of Peskov’s sons, Nikolai Choulz, owns luxury property.