Vladimir Putin's New £100m Taxpayer-Funded Luxury Jet Puts Five-Star Hotels To Shame

Yahoo News UK
The Russian president Vladimir Putin's new luxury private jet. (CEN)

Russian president Vladimir Putin has splashed out over £100m on two new luxury private jets, despite his country being in economic meltdown.
Images of one of the plane leaked online show opulent white leather chairs, gold covered trims, king size beds, hallways, kitchens and conference rooms, not to mention a gym that would put any five-star hotel to shame.
The first plane, the IL-96-300 jet, will cost the Russian taxpayers more than £44m.
The second, a IL-96-300-PU (M1), will set them back over £61m.

The walls of each plane are decorated with precious paintings and although both planes aren’t finished, they are expected to be delivered by the end of this year.
But photos of the interiors leaked onto the internet have caused outrage among Russian citizens.
A blogger calling himself Kungurov first published the pictures after getting hold of them from a contact in Russia’s Ministry of Defence.

He fumed: ‘Our self-proclaimed Tsar has decided to give himself a gift on his 15th anniversary of assuming the crown by whipping his slaves into paying for two luxurious IL-96 airliners for him.
‘The first, an IL-96-300, will cost us taxpayers 3.75 billion rubles.
‘The second, IL-96-300-PU(M1) will cost 5.2 billion."

Russia has been spiralling into debt as it struggles to cope with western-imposed sanctions following the country’s support of rebel-backed separatists in Ukraine, who many suspect are being funded and trained by Russian elite soldiers.

He has splashed out over 100 million GBP on two jets (CEN)
Photos of the planes show opulent white leather chairs, gold covered trims, king size beds and more (CEN)
The luxurious hallway inside a Putin's plane (CEN)
The kitchen inside one of the luxury planes (CEN)
Vladimir Putin recently made his first public appearance in 11 days.
A gym inside one of the planes (CEN)
Not your average airplane toilet (CEN)
A conference room in one of Putin's new planes. (CEN)