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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

State Rents Out Scores Of Dachas

Among the Kremlin’s properties are hundreds of posh dachas that are rented out to wealthy businessmen, Kremlin property chief Vladimir Kozhin said Wednesday.

The "several hundred" government dachas that are rented out are "a large portion" of all state-owned dachas, Kozhin said, refusing to elaborate.

"We have a sector where state bureaucrats live, and we have a commercial sector, which can be rented from us at a rate that’s good for us," he said.

Kozhin confirmed that tycoon Boris Berezovsky was one of those renters until he was kicked out by the Kremlin property department last month.

Berezovsky said earlier this week that he had been evicted from a dacha west of Moscow where he had lived for six years.

Kozhin said that the request to vacate the 1,800-square-meter dacha was "not a political decision," and that the government needed the house — which Kozhin said was the largest in the area — "for other purposes."

Berezovsky said he rented the house for $500,000 per year, but Kozhin said Wednesday that the price tag was $300,000.

He refused to say how much money the property department raises from renting out real estate, but said that all that money is spent on "maintaining and restoring these same dachas."

The Kremlin property empire includes millions of square meters of office space in Moscow, as well as dachas, apartments, hotels and hospitals throughout Russia. It also includes an estimated $50 billion worth of real estate in 78 other countries.