Poor Putin's Wealthy Friends

Even as Vladimir Putin asks Russians to be patient in a time of economic strife, his friends and underlings are doing fine.

He's doing fine.

Photographer: Alexander Nemenov / AFP / Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has an optics problem: Even as he asks people to be patient with the economic turmoil brought on in part by his response to Western sanctions, new income and property declarations are demonstrating that he and his top staffers aren't sharing the pain.

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