Russia’s defence minister has secretly built a lavish $24 million palace outside Moscow, according to anti-corruption campaigners who specialise in exposing the greed of the regime’s elite.
Sergei Shoigu tried to hide his ownership of the four-storey Mongolian pagoda-style mansion, according to research published by Alexei Navalny, the head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation and leader of the opposition.
Photographs of the property were released under the tongue-in-cheek headline “The Most Polite Palace.” This was a reference to the “polite green men” — otherwise known as soldiers sent by Shoigu — who seized the Ukrainian region of Crimea last year.
The defence ministry later adopted this term for its own slogans, including “politeness conquers cities.”
And what does swank get you, Mr. Shoigu?