Rival Navalny claims theatre, casino and strip club inside Putin’s £1billion palace

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on his return to Russia last weekend, has claimed a strip club, casino and a theatre are among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin’s £1billion ‘palace’. 

Navalny claims to be in possession of leaked floor plans of Putin’s lavish property on Russia’s southern Black Sea coast which have been used to draw up artists’ impressions of the palace’s interior. 

Astonishing 3D images of the estate’s interior allege ‘Putin’s palace’ features an arcade room with slot machines and a dance mat, a spa and a theatre inside the mansion, along with an underground ice rink and even vineyards in the grounds. 

Navalny claims the estate, which also includes a church and strip club fitted with a lap dancers’ pole, is 39 times the size of Monaco.

The images are part of a mammoth investigation published on Navalny’s blog with a two-hour Youtube video recorded before his arrest. 

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on his return to Russia last weekend, has claimed a strip club, casino and a theatre are among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin's £1billion 'palace'. Pictured: An interactive 3D image of a strip club fitted with a lap dancers' pole allegedly inside Putin's property

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on his return to Russia last weekend, has claimed a strip club, casino and a theatre are among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin's £1billion 'palace'. Pictured: An interactive 3D image of a strip club fitted with a lap dancers' pole allegedly inside Putin's property

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on his return to Russia last weekend, has claimed a strip club, casino and a theatre are among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin’s £1billion ‘palace’. Pictured: An interactive 3D image of a strip club fitted with a lap dancers’ pole allegedly inside Putin’s property 

Navalny claims to be in possession of leaked floor plans of Putin's lavish property on Russia's southern Black Sea coast which have been used to draw up artists' impressions of the palace's interior. Pictured: Navalny claims 'Putin's palace' includes a casino fitted with a number of poker tables and chandeliers

Navalny claims to be in possession of leaked floor plans of Putin's lavish property on Russia's southern Black Sea coast which have been used to draw up artists' impressions of the palace's interior. Pictured: Navalny claims 'Putin's palace' includes a casino fitted with a number of poker tables and chandeliers

Navalny claims to be in possession of leaked floor plans of Putin’s lavish property on Russia’s southern Black Sea coast which have been used to draw up artists’ impressions of the palace’s interior. Pictured: Navalny claims ‘Putin’s palace’ includes a casino fitted with a number of poker tables and chandeliers 

Astonishing 3D images of the estate's interior allege 'Putin's palace' features an arcade room (pictured), a spa and a theatre inside the mansion, along with an underground ice rink and even vineyards in the grounds.

Astonishing 3D images of the estate's interior allege 'Putin's palace' features an arcade room (pictured), a spa and a theatre inside the mansion, along with an underground ice rink and even vineyards in the grounds.

Astonishing 3D images of the estate’s interior allege ‘Putin’s palace’ features an arcade room (pictured), a spa and a theatre inside the mansion, along with an underground ice rink and even vineyards in the grounds.

Alexei Navalny has claimed a theatre - fitted with red curtains and a golden ceiling - is  among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin's £1billion 'palace'

Alexei Navalny has claimed a theatre - fitted with red curtains and a golden ceiling - is  among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin's £1billion 'palace'

Alexei Navalny has claimed a theatre – fitted with red curtains and a golden ceiling – is  among a series of luxurious rooms inside President Putin’s £1billion ‘palace’

‘There are impregnable fences, its own port, its own security, a church, its own permit system, a no-fly zone and even its own border checkpoint. It is absolutely a separate state within Russia,’ Navalny says.

The opposition figure accused Putin of owning the estate, which he claims cost £1billion and was allegedly funded through an elaborate corruption scheme involving Putin’s inner circle. 

The report includes detailed interactive floor plans that Navalny says were leaked to his team by a contractor.

They were able to create 3D images of the interiors based on the floor plans, which included a gym, swimming pool and an underground wine cellar.

Navalny claims the estate and grounds that Russian media had linked to Putin years ago was paid for ‘with the largest bribe in history’.

The investigation alleged that the estate, located in a secluded area that is heavily guarded by Russia’s security forces, also had a tunnel from the mansion to the shore.

Navalny's team were able to create 3D images of the interiors based on the floor plans, which this reading room, which features accents of gold throughout

Navalny's team were able to create 3D images of the interiors based on the floor plans, which this reading room, which features accents of gold throughout

Navalny’s team were able to create 3D images of the interiors based on the floor plans, which this reading room, which features accents of gold throughout 

Navalny claims the estate, which also includes a church and strip club fitted with a lap dancers' pole, is 39 times the size of Monaco

Navalny claims the estate, which also includes a church and strip club fitted with a lap dancers' pole, is 39 times the size of Monaco

Navalny claims the estate, which also includes a church and strip club fitted with a lap dancers’ pole, is 39 times the size of Monaco

The images are part of a mammoth investigation published on Navalny's blog with a two-hour Youtube video recorded before his arrest. Pictured: A artists' impression of a luxurious bathroom in Putin's palace

The images are part of a mammoth investigation published on Navalny's blog with a two-hour Youtube video recorded before his arrest. Pictured: A artists' impression of a luxurious bathroom in Putin's palace

The images are part of a mammoth investigation published on Navalny’s blog with a two-hour Youtube video recorded before his arrest. Pictured: A artists’ impression of a luxurious bathroom in Putin’s palace

The opposition figure accused Putin of owning the estate, which he claims cost £1billion and was allegedly funded through an elaborate corruption scheme involving Putin's inner circle. Pictured: A large swimming pool is claimed to be within the estate

The opposition figure accused Putin of owning the estate, which he claims cost £1billion and was allegedly funded through an elaborate corruption scheme involving Putin's inner circle. Pictured: A large swimming pool is claimed to be within the estate

 The opposition figure accused Putin of owning the estate, which he claims cost £1billion and was allegedly funded through an elaborate corruption scheme involving Putin’s inner circle. Pictured: A large swimming pool is claimed to be within the estate

Navalny claims the estate and grounds that Russian media had linked to Putin years ago was paid for 'with the largest bribe in history'. Pictured: The large estate is also said to include a gym which is fitted with the latest equipment

Navalny claims the estate and grounds that Russian media had linked to Putin years ago was paid for 'with the largest bribe in history'. Pictured: The large estate is also said to include a gym which is fitted with the latest equipment

Navalny claims the estate and grounds that Russian media had linked to Putin years ago was paid for ‘with the largest bribe in history’. Pictured: The large estate is also said to include a gym which is fitted with the latest equipment

‘It is the most secretive and guarded facility in Russia,’ Navalny says in the video. ‘It isn’t a country house or a residence – it’s an entire city, or rather a kingdom.’   

The investigation was published a day after Navalny, who was detained after returning from Germany for the first time since he was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent in August, was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

Navalny claims that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) owns some 7,000 hectares of land surrounding the property and that the complex was financed by Putin’s close allies, including Igor Sechin, chief of Russian oil giant Rosneft, and billionaire tycoon Gennady Timchenko.

‘It is a separate state within Russia. And in this state there is a single and irreplaceable tsar. Putin,’ Navalny says. 

Navalny claimed Putin had been able to grant his powerful old friends high-profile positions on lucrative government projects and hide his wealth through his allies.  

‘Putin’s friends, who received from him the right to steal whatever they wanted in Russia, thanked him a lot. But they also chipped in, collected 100 billion rubles and built a palace for their boss with this money,’ Navalny said.

Navalny claims that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) owns some 7,000 hectares of land surrounding the property and that the complex was financed by Putin's close allies. Pictured: A 3D image released by Navalny of one of Putin's many living rooms

Navalny claims that Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) owns some 7,000 hectares of land surrounding the property and that the complex was financed by Putin's close allies. Pictured: A 3D image released by Navalny of one of Putin's many living rooms

Navalny claims that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) owns some 7,000 hectares of land surrounding the property and that the complex was financed by Putin’s close allies. Pictured: A 3D image released by Navalny of one of Putin’s many living rooms

An artists' impression of Putin's Palace also includes this sitting area with a large sofa for guests to relax

An artists' impression of Putin's Palace also includes this sitting area with a large sofa for guests to relax

An artists’ impression of Putin’s Palace also includes this sitting area with a large sofa for guests to relax

Navalny claimed Putin had been able to grant his powerful old friends high-profile positions on lucrative government projects and hide his wealth through his allies. Pictured: A 3D image which shows one of the many grand bedrooms in the property

Navalny claimed Putin had been able to grant his powerful old friends high-profile positions on lucrative government projects and hide his wealth through his allies. Pictured: A 3D image which shows one of the many grand bedrooms in the property

Navalny claimed Putin had been able to grant his powerful old friends high-profile positions on lucrative government projects and hide his wealth through his allies. Pictured: A 3D image which shows one of the many grand bedrooms in the property

Navalny claims Putin ordered the poisoning which left him fighting for his life in August, an allegation the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. 

On February 2 a court will begin deliberating over whether a suspended sentence of three years and six months that Navalny received in 2014 for fraud charges should be converted into prison time.

The Kremlin opponent on Monday called for his supporters to take to the streets in response to his arrest, with his allies planning rallies in Moscow and in cities across the country on Saturday.

Alexei Navalny was led away in handcuffs after being remanded in custody for 30 days by a makeshift court in Moscow - as he waits to hear whether a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence will be converted into real jail time

Alexei Navalny was led away in handcuffs after being remanded in custody for 30 days by a makeshift court in Moscow - as he waits to hear whether a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence will be converted into real jail time

Alexei Navalny was led away in handcuffs after being remanded in custody for 30 days by a makeshift court in Moscow – as he waits to hear whether a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence will be converted into real jail time 

The new investigation, which ends on a call for Russians to rise up against the authorities, echoes a 2017 YouTube video in which Navalny accused then Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of controlling a luxury property empire.

That investigation sparked large-scale opposition protests.

The existence of the Black Sea property and its links to Putin first became known in 2010 when whistle-blower businessman Sergei Kolesnikov described them in a public letter to Medvedev.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday brushed aside the claims in comments to the state news agency RIA Novosti, calling them ‘untrue’.

The video accompanying Navalny’s investigation had garnered three million views within the first two hours after it was published Tuesday.         

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