Photos shared on Facebook show a futuristic structure like something from a James Bond movie, set on a high v-shaped platform among trees.
The caption to the photos claims it is the home of a former spy – former intelligence officer and long-time Russian president Vladimir Putin. It reads: “Putin House in Sochi, Russia designed by Roman Vlasov.”
But is this really Putin’s house in Sochi? We investigated.
‘This is my vision of the house of the president of my country, Vladimir Putin’ – architect
They are all captioned “PUTIN HOUSE or a story about what his villa might look like By @_vlasov_roman_”.
These images are design concepts, illustrations for an idea created by the architect. They do not show a building that has been built, or what Putin’s house actually looks like.
Vlasov told AFP Fact-Check this was just a concept.
“In my Instagram account there is a description for this work,” he said. “And it says that this is my vision of the house of the president of my country, Vladimir Putin. I have not written anywhere that this house is his property.”
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