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Putin’s watch collection exceeds his declared income

Putin’s watch collection exceeds his declared income

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.

Last year, the website RuLeaks posted photos of a lavish Italianate mansion near the Black Sea alleged to belong to Putin.