Billions Kabaeva. Journalists found out which of Putin's friends kept his passion
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Until recently, Alina Kabaeva lived in Switzerland in a luxurious villa, but after the sanctions she was forced to return to Russia.
Former Russian gymnast Alina Kabayeva, who is a longtime lover of the Russian President and the mother of at least three of his children, came under US sanctions after the start of the war in Ukraine, and before that under EU, Canadian and British sanctions. She was forced to return to the Russian Federation, where she owns real estate and a profitable business. The journalists of the “Dossier” project found out where the Olympic champion received money from.
It turned out that a certain Swiss villa, where Kabaeva lived with her children before returning to the Russian Federation, is located in the respectable municipality of Cologny. It is located near Geneva on the lake. Buying a villa here is not easy, but Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko succeeded.
The Villa Hauterive in Cologny was acquired by the oligarch in 2002 for 18.4 million Swiss francs, follows from the real estate register of the canton.
“I paid taxes in Finland for a very long time. And by average standards, it was too much – more than 60% of income. After 10 years, I decided to move to Switzerland, but not because of taxes, but because I wanted to give my son a good European education,” said Gennady Timchenko.
Nearby, on Rampe de Cologny street, there is a helipad, where Kabaeva flew quite often. The site is part of the territory of the villa. Now these possessions are divided into two parts; one of them was put up for sale in the spring of 2022 for $75.5 million.
An interlocutor familiar with Kabaeva, told the publication that the athlete used a helicopter that delivered her “literally to the doorstep of Timchenko's house” in Cologny.
Journalists tried to find out details about the villa for sale, but shortly after that, the plot was removed from sale.
In addition to Timchenko's villa in Switzerland, Kabaeva probably used the Scheherazade, the famous yacht, nicknamed “Putin's yacht.” As the journalists found out, it was bought for Vladimir Putin by Russian businessmen, including Gennady Timchenko.
But Alina Kabaeva is a very successful business woman. After she ended her sports career in 2007, she acted in films, hosted a TV show and even got involved in politics a little, becoming a State Duma deputy.
But since 2014, she has been the head of the National Media Group. According to a leak by the federal tax service of the Russian Federation, Kabaeva received 785.4 million rubles (more than $12.4 million) from NMG in 2018.
NMG owns a stake in Channel One, the Russian version of Discovery, as well as the REN channel TV and the newspaper “Izvestia”. In 2018, NMG, together with VTB, bought the STS channel for 18 billion rubles (later VTB sold its stake to the media holding).
Borrowed funds were used for the purchase. One of the lenders was STS himself, and the other was a certain Pyotr Kolbin.
Peter Kolbin is the son of Vladimir Putin’s close friend, Pyotr Kolbin, who died in 2018.
Kolbin is not a billionaire and not an oligarch, he worked in law enforcement and headed the security service at the Petersburg shopping and entertainment center.
Or, as journalists call it, a “purse” is the nominal owner of a number of assets of the Russian president. This mysterious person not only lent a large sum to buy a TV channel, but also gave Anna Kabaeva, grandmother, two apartments on the Arbat in Moscow.
The already mentioned Gennady Timchenko gave Kabaeva's grandmother an apartment on Mytninskaya embankment in St. Petersburg, and the partner of Arkady Rotenberg and “realtor of Putin's friends” Grigory Baevsky presented her with a plot on Rublevo-Uspenskoye Highway.
Baevsky also presented an apartment in the center of Moscow to Alina Kabaeva's sister, Leysan. The total value of the Russian real estate of the gymnast is more than $40 million.