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They took the jewelry and the helicopter. In Italy, they said they punished the “architect of Putin’s palace”

Italian authorities seized the property of Italian architect Lanfranco Cirillo, suspected of violating tax laws. Cirillo has Russian citizenship, and, according to Italian media, the investigation began after a helicopter registered in the Russian Federation and not cleared by customs was found with the architect. How Cirillo is connected with the Russian Federation and why he is called the “architect of the president” – in the material of Gazeta.Ru.

They took the jewelry and the helicopter.  In Italy, they said they punished the

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Italian law enforcement agencies seized the property of businessman and architect Lanfranco Cirillo, who has Russian citizenship, lived in Russia for many years and designed a number of buildings in the country, including a resort complex near Gelendzhik. According to the newspaper Il Messaggero, Cirillo was suspected of committing tax crimes, money laundering and a fictitious transfer of assets.

According to investigators, he did not declare income in the amount of tens of millions of euros from 2013 to 2019 and “imitated” life in another country.

The total value of the seized property exceeds €140 million, the newspaper notes.

We are talking about real estate, bank accounts, jewelry, works of art by famous authors, including Picasso, Cezanne, Kandinsky, De Chirico, and other luxury items, as well as a helicopter registered in Russia, after which an investigation was launched in the province of Brescia . The helicopter was not cleared.

Investigative actions “are focused on finding significant manifestations of wealth, completely disproportionate to the declared taxable income.” Cirillo’s lawyer confirmed to a Reuters correspondent that his client’s assets had indeed been seized.

“The architect, based in Moscow, is very disappointed that because he bought prestigious real estate and works of art in Italy and provided for his wife and daughter, it is believed that he faked his move abroad,” the lawyer said.

“Italian craftsmanship in the houses of powerful people”

Cirillo received a Russian passport in August 2014. Clause “a” of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which gives the President of Russia the right to resolve issues of citizenship and grant political asylum, became the legal basis for conferring citizenship. Italian media call Cirillo “Putin’s architect”.

According to la Repubblica, it was he who built a villa on the Black Sea coast in Gelendzhik, furnished with furniture from the most exclusive Italian companies and reminiscent of Silvio Berlusconi’s Certosa villa.

According to an “investigation” by Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, the resort complex belongs to Vladimir Putin. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly denied this information.

According to a Kremlin spokesman, these rumors are “quality cranberries” and Putin himself has never been to this villa. Later, the president was asked about the “palace” at a meeting with students, to which he replied as follows:

“Nothing that is listed as my property belongs to me or my close relatives and never belonged. Never.”

In an interview with Italian TV channel La7 in April, Cirillo admitted that he had designed the building, but clarified that the customer was a private company.

“It’s crazy to think that the president of such an important country should have built himself a palace,” Cirillo said.

A year ago, the architect gave an interview to la Repubblica, in which he said that, in addition to his residence in Brescia, he has a residence in Dubai, five villas on the Costa Smeralda, a beautiful house in Moscow and New York. At the same time, he refuted the assumption that he was given a plot nearby for the design of the complex in Gelendzhik.

In February, in an interview with the Giornale di Brescia newspaper, Cirillo stressed that he had implemented a number of important projects in Russia and brought “the best examples of Italian craftsmanship into the homes of many influential people.”

As The New Times wrote earlier, Chirillo designed, among other things, the office of the financial group IFD Kapital on Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment and the interiors of many houses on Rublyovka.

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