: Reuters: The property manager and Putin's friends

17:28 Mar. 31, 2016

Reuters: The property manager and Putin's friends

President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with gymnast Alina Kabaeva as he hosts Russia's Olympic athletes at a Kremlin banquet in Moscow. Nov. 4, 2004 (AP Images)

Journalists find new facts about Russian President's private life

A little-known Russian businessman from St Petersburg has provided properties to multiple women who share one common theme: President Vladimir Putin.

One of the women is Putin's younger daughter; two are close relatives of a woman Russian media have reported to be Putin's girlfriend – though the president has strongly denied any relationship.

And a fourth is a student who posed for a calendar celebrating the president's birthday. All of the properties are in upmarket gated complexes in and around Moscow.

Public records show Grigory Baevsky, a 47-year-old business associate of an old friend of Putin, sold or transferred the properties to three of the women. In the other case, Putin's younger child, Katerina Tikhonova, used the address of a flat owned by Baevsky as her own when registering a new company.

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The connections add to the picture of individuals in Putin's wider circle and the way these people blur the lines between public and private business.

Last year, Reuters reported that Putin's daughter Tikhonova, who holds a senior position at Moscow State University, is personally advised by some of Putin's oldest friends. She is also married to Kirill Shamalov, son of billionaire Nikolai Shamalov, an associate of Putin's.

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Baevsky has worked as an aide to another close friend of Putin, his judo partner, Arkady Rotenberg.

Public records show that companies co-owned by Baevsky have benefited from state construction contracts worth at least 6 billion rubles (USD 89 million) in the past two years.

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