One does not usually expect a world leader, and a Communist one at that, to go all out and splurge on a luxury yacht. But that is exactly what Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has done. According to news reports from late January, the Russia president’s office has purchased a luxury yacht at the staggering price of £26 million. If that seems ostentatious, here is a little context. The average Russian earns only about £400 a month by way of salary.
According to reports from Moscow, the “trawler super-yacht” was purchased in 2010 from the Istanbul-based Proteksan-Turquoise. Now going by the name of Sirius, the 54-metre yacht was originally named Leo Fun. The yacht houses a spacious salon, a master suite, five guest cabins and quarters for a crew of twelve. In addition, there are water toys, diving gear and even an artificial waterfall in a glass casing.
Viktor Khrenikov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, said that everything believed necessary for the work and relaxation of a president had been thought of. He revealed that Medvedev might use the Sirius during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, a port along the Black Sea. However, the Kremlin remained mum about the price and about whether they had indeed purchased the Sirius. The Sirius is expected to be a replacement for the presidential yacht Kavkaz, which is due to be decommissioned.
Nevertheless, Dmitry Medvedev is by no means the only political leader to have a luxury yacht. Last year, Saddam Hussein’s yacht, the Ocean Breeze went up on sale. Indeed, politics and the high life do go together.
Via: The Telegraph