- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
The Russian opposition group Solidarity is circulating the video above, which highlights the Russian president’s taste in wrist-wear — a collection they say exceeds his declared income of 3.6 million rubles ($112,000) per year. The Moscow Times writes:
Putin, who wears the timepieces on his right wrist, has been photographed sporting a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, valued at $60,000. The president has also been seen wearing a Leman Aqua Lung Grande Date by Blancpain, worth $10,500. Made of crocodile leather, sapphire glass and platinum, an A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph may be his most expensive timepiece, valued at half a million dollars.[…]
Putin’s watch collection is worth at least 22 million rubles, Solidarity says.
"Putin, it seems, did not eat or drink for six years to acquire this collection," Boris Nemtsov, a Solidarity member and former deputy prime minister, wrote in a blog post featuring the video Thursday.