Lyudmila aleksandrovna ocheretnaya ,The wife of former Russian the president Vladimir Putin helped create and is now a part of the foundation that holds an historic Moscow property that is generating millions of dollars of rent from tenants according to an Reuters investigation of records on property has discovered.
This building has been renovated with the help from the associates of Putin as well as the rental earnings are transferred to a private firm that is owned by a person with the same name as Putin’s maiden name. former wife, records of the company reveal.
The rental comes out of Volkonsky House in central Moscow that was an aristocratic’s home during the Soviet era. It is currently managed by The Center for the Development of Inter-personal Communications (CDIC). Lyudmila Putina was a key figure in the creation of the non-profit foundation as per an article published in the state-owned publication Rossiiskaya Gazeta and two sources who worked with the centre. Lyudmila was the wife of Putin from 1983 until their divorce which was finalized in 2013.
The foundation was founded in 2002. In September of 2006, Rossiiskaya Gazeta described Lyudmila as an “trustee” of the organization. in an interview to the paper in that year she used the phrase “we” when discussing the foundation. Three sources that are familiar with the foundation’s activities said that Lyudmila has a strong support for a literary award and publishing division that the foundation manages.
The CDIC has offices at Volkonsky House, but most of the building is rented open to leaseholders, which includes two large state banks, according to documents.
Tenants have to pay their rents to a firm known as Meridian which is 99 percent controlled by a company named Intererservis as well as property and corporate documents examined by Reuters in May revealed. Intererservis according to the state registry of corporate entities is owned wholly from 2014 onwards by a lady named Lyudmila Alexandrovna Shkrebnyova which is the first name of Putin’s ex-wife.
Reuters did not have documents to prove this assertion. Shkrebnyova as well as Putin’s former wife is the same person. Other connections, in addition to the name, indicate that former First Lady as well as one of the owners of Intererservis being the identical person. The former general director of Intererversis was named Olga Alexandrovna tsomayeva. A number of Russian media reports mention Tsomayeva as the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife. Tsomayeva was not available to discuss the matter.
Additionally, the remaining one percentage in Meridian owns Tatiana Shestakova, who was the spouse of Vasily Shestakov and was an old friend and Judo sparring partner to Putin The Shestakovs split in 2013. Shestakova was also a key player in helping in the creation of the CDIC according to the registry of state corporate entities, was unable to be reached for comment.
The Kremlin property department was responsible for the work of renovating the Volkonsky House in Moscow’s Vozdvizhenka Street as per the rental documents reviewed by Reuters and Reuters, even though the house was no longer a part of in the hands of the government at that time.lyudmila aleksandrovna ocheretnaya
An individual involved in the renovation claimed that Lyudmila Putina, at the time the wife of the president, visited Volkonsky House to inspect the work. “We all knew that the (Kremlin property) department was constantly overseeing the process,” said the source whom spoke with Reuters under the condition of anonymity. “When Mrs Putin made an inspection visit, they immediately closed down the whole of Vozdvizhenka Street. “
It is the Russian bank VTB is one of the current tenants of Volkonsky House, alone pays more than $2 million annually in rent, as per the tender document that was posted on a government site in 2015.
Reuters was unable to determine the total amount Meridian gets from renting out space within the Moscow property, nor the amount it contributes towards the CDIC foundation. Meridian’s 2015 accounts reveal a profit of about 225 millions rubles ($3.89 million) but they don’t divulge where the money went.
Reuters requested clarification on the matter from Meridian along with the CDIC by way of correspondence, phone calls as well as visits. However, Reuters got no response. The Kremlin press office did not answer questions about the president’s ex-wife.lyudmila aleksandrovna ocheretnaya
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The house at 9 Vozdvizhenka Street is known as the Volkonsky House after its former owner General Nikolai Volkonsky, the grandfather of writer Leo Tolstoy. The 20th century saw Sergei Yesenin, a popular poet, composed a few of his work there.
The historic site was then held by The Russian Foreign Ministry, according to a presidential decree in 1992 which was signed by the predecessor of Putin. The property records of 2005 reveal that the site had been transferred to a body known as the Center for the Development of the Russian Language that then changed the name of the organization to Center for the Development of Inter-personal Communications.
Reuters could not determine on what terms the language centre purchased the building. The state agency that manages State property Rosimushchestvo was unable to answer Reuters queries regarding the building.
The building was in need of a renovation In 2005, major work was completed. Allies of President Putin stepped in to aid. It was the Konstantinovsky Foundation, which was established shortly after Putin became president in order to repair the Konstantinovsky Palace near Putin’s native St Petersburg, provided financial assistance as per its site. The president frequently uses the palace as a venue for hosting foreign leaders.
Vladimir Kozhin, who from 2000 until 2014 was the head of the Kremlin property department ,served on the Board of directors of the Konstaninovsky Foundation at the time the renovations were executed at Volkonsky House. Kozhin is still as a member of the foundation’s board which includes at least one other person associated with Putin on the board. The Konstantinovsky Foundation nor Kozhin, who is now a president adviser, have did not respond to requests for comments.