Disinfo: The palace described in Navalny’s film turned out to be merely a hotel under construction


From dream to reality: the opulent “Putin’s Palace” described by Navalny in the film “Putin’s palace, History of world’s largest bribe” turns out to be merely a hotel under construction.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against the investigations on corruption and the film by Alexei Navalny.

The fact that the site is under reconstruction has not been excluded in Alexey Navaly's film. On the contrary, it is mentioned and showed from a drone at 31:26. Because of ventilation issues, the whole interior has been removed and is being rebuilt.

The reporter and head of Mash, who was invited to film the construction site, Maxim Iksanov has direct links with the presidential administration and lives in a building owned by the presidential administration.

The assertion that this object is not a palace for personal use but an "appart-hotel" that would belong to Billionaire and old friend of Vladimir Putin Arkady Rotenberg from his own testimony, doesn't deny the main accusation of the investigation: the construction project is funded by dirty money for the benefit of a small group of people.

Read also related stories: Navalny’s investigation and film “Putin’s palace. History of world’s largest bribe” doesn’t contain anything new , NATO secret services made a blunder in their script for Navalny.


  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, Corruption, Vladimir Putin


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