On the surface Russia’s apparent leader for life has few assets but the truth although not talked about in Russia seems to be much different. Many consider him the richest man in Europe and possibly in all history due to corruption he has engaged in since entering politics in St. Petersburg in the 1990s.
Sergei Kolesnikov told the programme he worked for the Kremlin to collect money from the super-rich, which they believed was to be spent on healthcare, but which was ultimately used “to help build a $1 billion palace for Mr Putin on the Black Sea coast". The BBC said it had seen documents from one of the offshore companies that diverted millions of dollars to the palace, which was constructed during Mr Putin’s first term as president. It said that, according to Mr Kolesnikov, the owner of the company, Lirus Investment Holding, was Mr Putin himself.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/02/20/is-vladimir-putin-hiding-a-200-billion-fortune-and-if-so-does-it-matter/
The latest estimate of Putin's absurd wealth comes from Bill Browder, a former fund manager in Russia who is now one of the Russian president's fiercest critics on the world stage. Browder recently published a book that detailed the tragic story of how a financial crime in Putin's Russia resulted in the imprisonment and death of Browder's firm's tax lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. Browder was on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" to talk about the book last weekend when he threw out an incredible estimate of Putin's net worth. “I believe that [Putin is worth] $200 billion," Browder said. "After 14 years in power of Russia, and the amount of money that the country has made, and the amount of money that hasn't been spent on schools and roads and hospitals and so on, all that money is in property, bank, Swiss bank accounts, shares, hedge funds, managed for Putin and his cronies." Indeed, $200 billion is a lot of money. It's more than twice the current fortune of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. If Browder is correct, that would make Putin the richest person in the world, with no real rivals – in fact, it might make him one of the richest people in the history of the world.He's possibly the richest person on the planet, of course his money is covered in blood as Putin has used violence, intimidation and oppression from the start to destroy any opposition to his status as virtual ruler of Russia and the main looter of the the country. And now he has his sights set on surrounding countries. This is a predator who Donald Trump sees as a much better leader than the departing Barak Obama. Corruption and gridlock in the US is nothing compared to Russia and yet Trump would seemingly pattern his presidency on the "leadership" of likely one of the greatest criminals in history. http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37303057
Donald Trump has showered Vladimir Putin with praise as he and rival Hillary Clinton took pointed questions from military veterans. The Republican presidential nominee told the forum the Russian president "has been a leader far more than our president [Obama] has been". It came on the same day the chief of the Pentagon accused Russia of sowing the seeds of global instability. Mrs Clinton, meanwhile, defended her judgment despite her email scandal. The White House candidates appeared back to back on stage in half-hour segments at the Intrepid Air and Sea Museum in New York on Wednesday night.