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Putin’s fabulous wealth: Russian President Vladimir Putin is spending billions of dollars on outrageously opulent palaces, yachts, and jets for his personal use, opposition leaders said this week. “His lifestyle can be compared to that of a Persian Gulf monarch,” said Boris Nemtsov and Leonid Martynyuk in a report detailing the president’s unprecedented expansion of leadership perks since he was first elected in 2000. To travel among his private palaces, coastal villas, and luxury ski lodges, Putin can choose from his fleet of 15 helicopters, four yachts, and 43 airplanes, including one with gold-plated bathroom fixtures.

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