French activists have stormed a villa linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The villa is located in the French city of Biarritz. One of the activists, named Pierre Haffner, changed the locks of all the doors and decorated the house with Ukrainian flags. Activists now want to use the villa to receive Ukrainian refugees.
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Hefner posted several videos on his YouTube channel entitled “Russia Today”. One of the videos shows an activist waving the Ukrainian flag on the balcony. In addition, the message sounds like “Victory in Biarritz, capture of Putin’s Palace” and “Now” People’s House “is ready to welcome refugees from Putin’s regime.”
In another video, Hefner tours the house, which also shows off the luxurious interior. The activist told the Russian newspaper, The Insider, that documents belonging to Putin’s former son-in-law – and thus the ex-husband of his youngest daughter Katerina Tikhonova – Kirill Shamalov – were found in the villa. In addition, there were personal documents of the Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko, a close friend of the Russian president. It is said that Shamalov bought Timchenko’s house.
A second activist, Vladimir Usichkin, said on Facebook that the activists plan to submit a proposal to local authorities to allow Ukrainian refugees to stay in the villa. For example, according to Usshkin, it is large enough to house dozens of people.
The estimated value of the villa is $3.7 million (about 3.4 million euros). Biarritz is a very popular place to stay among wealthy Russians. For example, several members of the Putin family are said to own real estate in the French city.
This property has been released.
Squatters also seized a villa from the Russian oligarchs in the British capital, London. The pictures show a Ukrainian flag hanging from a window. There is also a sign at the entrance to the villa that says “This property has been released”. According to the local police, who are currently at the scene, several people are said to be in the house.
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