A tycoon neighbour of Vladimir Putin has come under fire for complaining about drone explosions targeting the warmongering dictator.
Famous Russian multimillionaire Viktor Bondarenko, 73, protested on Instagram: ‘Loud explosions woke us up at 6.30am.’
He lives close to Putin on Russia’s Billionaire’s Row with his glamorous spouse, and whined: ‘My wife suggested we move to the basement but what if something hit us?
‘I wouldn’t want to be buried in a basement.
‘The good thing is the kids are in Milan.’
A tycoon neighbour of Vladimir Putin, Russian multimillionaire Viktor Bondarenko (second right with his family), 73, has come under fire for complaining about drone explosions targeting the warmongering dictator
Footage purportedly shows a suspected Ukrainian drone explode with a mushroom cloud (pictured) near Usovo village, which is close to Vladimir Putin’s official residence
The mogul’s glamorous wife Nataliya runs a Milan fashion house but the couple appeared nonplussed that their comfortable life should be interrupted by Putin’s war.
A spate of suspected Ukrainian drone attacks are believed to have been aimed at 70-year-old Putin’s palace Novo-Ogaryovo, his official residence in Moscow region, and other addresses of the Russian elite.
It was the first time Moscow had been targeted so directly in a war unleashed by Putin 15 months ago.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted that – like Bonadarnko – the despot was woken unusually early.
‘The working day started very early for the president,’ said Peskov, without admitting the cause.
Putin is famously a late sleeper.
‘He was receiving live information from the defence ministry, from the relevant agencies, information from the mayor of Moscow, the governor of the Moscow region, the Emergency Situations Ministry.
‘They worked well. The air defence system also worked well.’
Putin has bombarded Ukraine for well over a year but until now explosions have not impacted on Moscow’s so-called Golden Mile.
But Russians had little sympathy for Bondarenko – born in Soviet Ukraine – whose children and grandchildren in Italy were safe from mobilisation and drone strikes.
A furious Val posted: ‘Children in Milan? What about other children who are in Moscow?’
Another commenter raged: ‘Did this grandfather go completely off the rails?
‘What a disgusting nightmare. Let him also go to Milan. Old ba*****.’
Alena complained: ‘How out of touch with reality do you have to be to say this publicly?
‘At least be ashamed…
‘Other people’s children sit in the trenches and protect the country from collapse, paid for by those who are in power in Milan, London, and Washington.’
A spate of suspected Ukrainian drone attacks are believed to have been aimed at 70-year-old Putin’s palace Novo-Ogaryovo, his official residence in Moscow region, and other addresses of the Russian elite
Moscow was hit in a suspected Ukrainian kamikaze drone raid just hours after Vladimir Putin unleashed a volley of similar attacks on the the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Pictured: An air defence system is launched in Moscow (right) after a series of drones were launched at the city (left)
An apartment building bearing blast marks from a explosive drone launched into Moscow on Tuesday morning
Bondarenko famously set up the Soviet Union’s first glossy magazine.
He is an icon collector but he also warned ten years ago about the rising tide of extremism and hatred under Putin.
He set up a political party campaigning against religious and ethnic extremism in Russia – but it got nowhere.
Earlier he was linked to a Kremlin corruption scandal in the pre-Putin era.
His wife is a graduate of the Florence Design Academy.
She heads Milan-based Rubeus fashion brand.
The company’s website explains: ‘Nataliya is an avid art collector – a passion she shares with her husband.
‘Her creativity, paired with her love of Italian culture and in-depth knowledge of art and design, shapes her vision of Rubeus as a collection of objets d’art of her own creation.’
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