“Important stories” published an investigation into a woman named Svetlana Polyakova, who is said to have “a long and close relationship” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Polyakova and her family, according to the newspaper, acquired assets worth more than 1 billion rubles.
Investigators, citing a source, claim that Polyakova works at the Russian Foreign Ministry and allegedly gained significant influence in the ministry, and her close acquaintances were appointed to several key positions in the department.
The journalists managed to find her phone number and, using one of the applications, check how this number is recorded on the phones of other people. “To our surprise, in several notebooks Polyakova was recorded as” Svetlana Lavrova “or” Lavrova Svetlana “, although she never bore the name of the minister, judging by the state databases,” the authors of the material write.
Polyakova’s “Innumerable Wealth”
Svetlana Polyakova, as stated in the investigation, in addition to working in the Foreign Ministry, was engaged in business. Until 2012, she was a co-owner of the Consul restaurant located in the building of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Over the past five years (from 2015 to 2020), the restaurant has received revenue of only 97 million rubles. Other companies also did not bring her high income, but she turned out to be the owner of property worth almost 1 billion rubles.
Investigators found out that Svetlana Polyakova belongs to:
- An apartment with an area of almost 260 square meters in the “Prechistenka 13” residential complex in the center of Moscow. The journalists did not estimate the exact cost of the apartment because of the uniqueness of the object, however, according to their data, an apartment of almost the same footage in this house for sale for more than 700 million rubles.
- Apartments worth about 50 million rubles in an elite residential complex in Sochi.
- House worth about 57 million rubles in the village of Palitsy in the Moscow region.
- A fleet of luxury cars: Porsche, two expensive Mercedes cars. Until 2016, she owned a Bentley. Svetlana Polyakova’s mother, pensioner Tamara, also has a Mercedes, which costs 20 million rubles in showrooms.
Polyakova’s daughter Polina allegedly owns several companies in the capital of Great Britain, one of them – PPK Investments Ltd – is registered on Hollandgreen Place, which is located in one of the most expensive areas of London. In the same house where the company is registered, Polina rented an apartment for 999 years in 2016. She paid 4.4 million pounds for it, which is more than 440 million rubles at the exchange rate on the date of purchase. At the time of the transaction, Polina was 21 years old.
Polyakova was also awarded the Order of the Russian Orthodox Church as an employee of the Russian Foreign Ministry, but it is not known whether she really works in the ministry now and in what position. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ignored the publication’s request, Svetlana Polyakova did not answer journalists’ questions.