Putin’s man in the Donbass spends the summer in a mansion on the Costa Brava

Putin’s man in the Donbass, the architect of the annexation referendums, has one foot in Palamós. He owns a mansion overlooking the sea in Cala dels Corbs, in an area of ​​great beauty where four houses were built at the end of the 1970s. Sergei Kirienko, a senior Kremlin official, acquired one in December 2013 through a front man, Robert Gndolián, a close friend of his son, according to what the Russian investigative media Sobesednik (Interlocutor) and Vazhnie istorii (Important Stories) have published. .

The first medium discovered the property after an exhaustive investigation in which it analyzed the photographs that a daughter of Kirienko and her husband posted on social media networks. La Vanguardia has been able to confirm that the main user of the house is Sergei Kirienko, although he has not attended in the last two years.

The Russian politician was included in the EU sanctions lists in October 2020, after the poisoning of the opponent Alexéi Navalni. Fleeting prime minister with Boris Yeltsin in the nineties, Kirienko, 60, has been deputy head of the Presidential Administration since 2016, a position that already gave him great power in domestic politics, but it was with the war in Ukraine that he has managed to climb positions and get even closer to Vladimir Putin, according to the independent portal Meduza, which calls him Viceroy of Donbass and even points him out as a successor candidate.

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Kirienko was included in the EU sanctions lists in October 2020, after the poisoning of Alexéi Navalni

The Palamós mansion is in the name of a company, Bell-67 SL, which was acquired by Gndolián from its previous owner on December 17, 2013. He never saw Kirienko, not even Gndolián. The negotiations were conducted by a man named Vladimir Surnin, who had visited the estate several times since July of that year. He came to rent it for a few days, to check the comforts. The decisive meeting between the two parties took place at the Hotel Mandarín Oriental in Barcelona. Since the purchase, Bell-67 –whose sole business purpose is the management of these farms– has formalized five capital increases for a total of 2,862,292 euros.

The plot, which is bordered on the south by the coastal path that runs along the cliff, measures 2,831 m2. There is a main house, with two floors, with a total of 348 m2, and an old fisherman’s house that was enabled for guests before the purchase of Gndolián.

The house is facing the sea on some rocks in Cala dels Corbs, in Palamós

Bell-67 also acquired an adjacent parcel, on the east side, basically forest. This totals 16,529 m2 and also has a small building, which was initially used as a garage and which Kirienko turned into a home for a security team. The men of the Russian politician – in addition to Surnin, Igor Rojalski, born in Split, who has been the administrator of Bell-67 since the operation, according to the commercial register, intervened in the negotiations – showed great interest from the beginning in converting the garage to that task.

A former councilor from Palamós, who knows the area well, explains that “during vacation time you cannot go through the access road without a vehicle appearing at full speed with some unfriendly guards who prevent you from passing”. The house also has security cameras.

Kirienko has been the architect of the referendums through which Moscow annexed four regions of Ukraine in September. He begins to be seen in the Donbass in May. In June, Kirienko walks around Kherson and Melitopol in military uniform. According to Meduza, it was Kirienko himself who applied to Putin to administer the occupied territories: “Its residents have to see that Russia has not come temporarily and that it is going to stay there,” he told him.

In 1998, at the age of 35, Yeltsin appointed him Prime Minister; he is almost unknown and they baptize him “Mr. Kinder Surprise”

In the rocky start to his political career, few predicted a bright future for Kirienko. In 1998, at the age of 35, he became Russia’s youngest prime minister. The press nicknamed him “Mr. Kinder Surprise.” He was almost unknown in Moscow, where he had come under the wing of Boris Nemtsov, and had been deputy energy minister for less than a year. Together with Anatoli Chubáis, Nemtsov (who ended up becoming a staunch enemy of Putin and was assassinated in 2015) then embodied the reformist current in Russia. But the young man lasted four months in office. He was struck down in the midst of a serious financial crisis and ruble devaluation, for which he was blamed by public opinion.