- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
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.