Once responsible just for his physical security, President Putin's bodyguards now have impressive titles — and land worth many millions in Russia's most expensive region. The workers and pensioners who previously held the property say they were swindled out of it.

By Roman Anin

Shortlisted for the European Press Prize 2019 in the category 'Investigative Reporting'

Once responsible just for his physical security, President Putin’s bodyguards now have impressive titles — and land worth many millions in Russia’s most expensive region. The workers and pensioners who previously held the property say they were swindled out of it.

Former bodyguards for Russian President Vladimir Putin have gained immense power in exchange for their unquestioned loyalty. Many have also accumulated vast wealth, exemplifying how Russia’s newly ascendant class has exploited a system meant to protect the old.