Is Vladimir Putin a child of God? Inside the Kremlin where Vladimir Putin has nine gigantic churches and 700 rooms
- But among the hard exterior is a fair share of decorative beauty, including the Kremlin’s five palaces. The Great Kremlin Palace is a 700-room home of Russia’s Tsars in the 19th century, and later the centre of Soviet power
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Nowhere else in the world symbolises Putin’s might quite like the Kremlin – an immense citadel in the heart of Moscow.
The meaning of the word “Kremlin” is “a fortress, a citadel inside a city”, and its name corresponds to its appearance.
And built in 1495, the Kremlin has for half a millennia been inextricably linked to power in Russia.
The central Grand Kremlin Palace is the former residence of the Tsars who used to rule the country before the communist Soviet regime.
Now occupying 70 hectares, the Kremlin is packed with five opulent palaces, four sumptuous cathedrals, an impressive armoury and the President’s private chambers.
But among the hard exterior is a fair share of decorative beauty, including the Kremlin’s five palaces. The Great Kremlin Palace is a 700-room home of Russia’s Tsars in the 19th century, and later the centre of Soviet power.
The vast building is both a museum of Tsarist living and a memorial to Russian military might, according to Moscow.info.
Terem Palace is a layered casket structure, this fairytale palace was the 17th Century home of the Tsar’s family and embodies old Russia’s regal charm.
Poteshny Palace is a Kremlin curiosity that has at different times been a nobleman’s residence, a comic theatre, and a police headquarters. This modest three-storey building was built in 1652 and is now a cathedral.
The State Kremlin Palace is the Kremlin’s own Soviet-era monstrosity, which now plays host to concerts.
The oldest secular structure still standing is Ivan III’s Palace of Facets, from 1491, which holds the imperial thrones.
To stop disruptions to traffic caused by motorcades, President Vladimir Putin authorised the construction of the Kremlin helipad, completed in 2013.
The Kremlin also houses the Tsar Bell, the biggest bell in the world. Also behind its walls is The Kremlin Armoury, which originated as the royal arsenal in 1508, in charge of producing, purchasing and storing weapons, jewellery and various household articles of the tsars.
Officially Putin lives in a small apartment inside, fitting for his relatively modest £94,000 a year salary.
In reality however, he may be the wealthiest man in the world and lives a life of luxury.
Together with his old cronies, the president is reportedly lining his pockets by stripping state utilities and banks’ assets, manipulating stocks and extorting oligarchs.
Respected finance mag Forbes even refuses to estimate his net worth, because it can’t verify his financial assets, but it’s reported his wealth could exceed £142billion.
The Russian president does indulge in some displays of immense wealth, however – he is reported to own luxury watches, a fleet of yachts, and multiple expensive properties, including a £700million palace.
The so-called ‘Putin’s Palace,’ which is thought to be worth more than $1 billion, was reportedly built for Putin’s personal use.
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Last month nearly 500 photos of the lavish mansion were published by Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund, set up by the outspoken Putin critic who is now in jail.
The Guardian reports the palace, which is on Russia’s Black Sea coast, has a marble swimming pool decorated with statues of Greek gods, a wine cellar, a theatre, and a club-like space for pole dancing.
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