NEWSWATCH: “Online dissidents expose the Russian prime minister’s material empire; The truth about Dmitry Medvedev lives on the Internet” – Washington Post

Dmitri Medvedev file photo

“… #Medvedev has been seen in [items] … ordered online and delivered to an address linked to a web of companies and charities controlled by close confidants and relatives. After months spent probing the network, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, headed by opposition activist Alexei #Navalny, has released a video and documentation it says show … Medvedev has accumulated more than $1 billion worth of property, including vast estates in #Russia and #Tuscany and two yachts …. Medvedev’s spokesperson shrugged off the story, as did the #Kremlin. … [the video’s] a testimony … to the staggering corruption of the regime of Vladi­mir #Putin [and the use of the internet and social media to expose it]. … a dazzling tour of Mr. Medvedev’s purported properties, recorded by drones …. A sprawling chalet in Sochi … contains distinctive lampposts that appear in the background of … Medvedev’s own Instagram photos. One of his yachts was photographed at the dock of his huge estate outside Moscow. In the Kursk region, home of Mr. Medvedev’s ancestors, another vast estate includes vineyards, as does a property in Tuscany. …”

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