Medvedev Collected $71,000, Has No Car

The country's likely future president, Dmitry Medvedev, does not have a car of his own and the only family transport is his wife's nine-year-old Volkswagen Golf, an official income declaration showed Monday.

The modest means set out in the declaration submitted to election officials contrast sharply with the funds he controls: he is chairman of gas giant Gazprom, which in 2006 notched up a net profit of about $13 billion.

Medvedev took home about $71,000 in pay per year over the past four years, the Central Elections Commission said in an official declaration on its web site.

But the only car in the Medvedev household is a 1999 Volkswagen Golf car owned by his wife, Svetlana, according to the declaration.

Medvedev, a 42-year-old former lawyer, has a 367.8-square-meter apartment in Moscow and a 4,700-square-meter plot of land outside Moscow.

He also has savings of 2.74 million rubles ($111,200). His wife has just one bank account with 380.20 rubles on deposit.

Putin declared an income of about $81,000 last year when he ran for parliament. He said he owned a small apartment in St. Petersburg and a plot of land outside Moscow.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the presidential candidate from the Liberal Democratic Party, earned 3.6 million rubles ($147,000) over the past four years, his declaration said. He has a Moscow apartment measuring 53.8 square meters. His wife, Galina Lebedeva, earned 15 million rubles ($606,000) and owns eight Moscow apartments totaling more than 2,300 square meters, as well as five country houses and six cars. Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov earned 3.4 million rubles ($139,000), while his wife, Nadezhda, earned 145,376 rubles. They jointly own one Moscow apartment. Zyuganov has about $6,000 in the bank.