The Medvedev Family Fortune
If you know, as being a well-informed and faithful LR reader you are likely to do, that Russian “president” Dima Medvdev’s wife was “once photographed wearing a Breguet Reine de Naples watch that sells for more than $20,000” and if you also know that Medvedev himself was once the boss of Gazprom, one of the world’s largest energy conglomerates, then it will probably surprise you to learn that, according to the Moscow Times, the combined bank accounts Medvedev and his wife are worth . . . wait for it . . . . less than $88,500 (all but $4,000 of it in hubby’s accounts) — and Medvedev’s total income last year was less than $124,000. The MT observes: “The presidency does not appear to have been too profitable for Medvedev, who has managed to add just 78,774 rubles ($2,357) to his savings since last year.”
But it will probably not surprise you to learn that Russian “prime minister” Vladimir Putin, when asked how much he had in his savings accounts . . . refused to say, even though it was Medvedev’s own decree that ordered these disclosures. Putin did admit that he earned $14,000 more as prime minister than Medvedev did as president.
Now, would we be stepping beyond the bounds of reason and fair play, dear reader, if we were to suggest that both Medvedev and Putin are lying through their fangs?
The MT reports:
In 2007, Putin declared earnings of 2,011,611 rubles ($60,000) and savings in Russian bank accounts totaling 3,700,299 rubles ($111,000), according to the Central Elections Commission. In 2004, those figures were 7,799,637 rubles ($233,000) and 3,816,438 rubles ($114,000), respectively. Putin this year declared a 77-square-meter apartment, one garage and one parking space. His wife Lyudmila earned no money in 2008, according to the declaration, which does mention their two daughters, who are students.
The MT states: “The modest figures don’t seem to be consistent with the luxury brands worn by Medvedev and Putin. Russian journalists have spotted Medvedev wearing a Breguet watch and Putin wearing Breguet and Patek Philippe watches. The watches sell for tens of thousands of dollars.”
Indeed. Not consistent. To say the least. To say the most, as we already have done, they’re lying.
And the people of Russia, though they work for slave wages and don’t rank in the top 100 world nations for male adult lifespan, seem not to care that they’re being lied to. They continue to favor Putin with ridiculously high approval ratings in opinion polls no matter what outrageous fact about him is disclosed.
And hence, they get what they deserve. Suffering, and more of the same.