The course mate of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Viktor Khmarin owns a wine-making business in the Crimea, according to Open Media.
He is the chairman of the board of trustees of the non-profit organization “Union of Land Surveyors”, that owns the company Kih-Chateau, registered in June 2017.
In August 2018, Kih-Chateau signed an agreement to invest 1.3 billion rubles with the authorities of the annexed Peninsula, in the creation of the agro-industrial cluster and the recreational zone “Grand Chateau Lavender”.
The administration of the Crimea allocated 111.2 hectares for it for 49 years in the village of Partizanskoe, which is 17 km from Yalta. This is the second project. The first is the wine cluster “Chateau Feodosia Valley”, situated near the village of Ordzhonikidze near Feodosiya. The company created it in December 2017. Its cost is 1.5 billion rubles, and it will take a cluster of 1 thousand hectares.
Khmarin studied on the same course with Putin at the law faculty of the Leningrad University, and in the 1970s he married Putin’s cousin, Lyubov Kruglova. Now Khmarin is the owner of several companies, in particular, the Far Eastern Land Investment Corporation.
He is also the Chairman of the International Public Movement “We Love Russia”, the Honorary Consul of Seychelles in St. Petersburg and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Mirolyub” investment group, which also invests in the agrarian sector.
Earlier, we wrote that all wineries in Crimea are concentrated in Putin’s hands directly or through the “family.”