Putin’s new PM Mikhail Mishustin accused over unexplained wealth
There’s nothing unexplained about it at all.
The new Russian prime minister became mired in corruption allegations after less than a day in the role when newly discovered documents showed that his wife has acquired a substantial fortune and that the couple live in a luxury property near Moscow.
Mikhail Mishustin, a previously obscure tax official, was hand-picked by President Putin and voted in by the Russian parliament yesterday.
According to papers published by Alexei Navalny, a critic of the Kremlin, Mr Mishustin’s wife, Vladlena, declared an income of almost 800 million roubles (£9.9 million) over the past nine years, despite not appearing to own a business or have a job.
Mr Mishustin, 53, who has been a civil servant since 1998, was named head of the tax service in 2010, a post he held until he was unexpectedly promoted to prime minister. Most Russians had never heard of him.
What’s there to explain? He’s been the head of the tax service for a decade, he’s rich.