Russian President Vladimir Putin earned 10.2 million rubles, or 122,522 dollars, last year. Besides that modest income, the 69-year-old ruler also has an apartment of 77 square meters, three cars and a trailer. The revelation caused hilarity on the internet.
President Putin’s office on Friday released the payslip of the man who has been in charge of the Kremlin for more than 20 years. Critics, however, have been saying for years that Putin is, in reality, extremely rich and, with a wealth of perhaps 200 billion dollars, even rivals Elon Musk.
The team of dissident Alexej Navalny, who has been in prison for some time after surviving a poisoning attempt, last year distributed a video about the exorbitant palace that the former KGB agent is said to have built on the Black Sea for 1 billion dollars. The Kremlin invariably calls such allusions “nonsense” and “lies”.
The now published annual statement also makes it clear that Putin was far from the highest-paid Russian politician in 2021. Minister of Commerce Denis Manturov earned 8 million dollars. Vladimir Medinsky, who leads the peace talks with Ukraine on behalf of Moscow, was worth 1.3 million dollars, ten times as much as his boss.