Putin regime showers Russia’s Olympic medallists with expensive cars
Luxury cars, apartments, even a racehorse — being an Olympic medallist in Russia can come with great material rewards, but also controversy.
Under President Vladimir Putin, it’s become a tradition for Russia’s Olympic heroes to be showered with large cash sums and sometimes unwanted gifts.
On Friday, less than 24 hours after dozens of medallists were presented with BMW cars at the Kremlin by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, an advertisement appeared online offering one of them for sale, with photographs showing the car still covered in stickers celebrating Russia’s medal haul in Rio.
The advertisement offering the BMW X6 for 4.67 million rubles ($93,600) was anonymous and quickly withdrawn. It couldn’t be independently verified by The Associated Press, though Russian agency R-Sport claimed the seller was a Russian medallist who thought the car was too big and unwieldy.