‘Is this the Iron Curtain?’: Putin ally rants about how sanctions imposed on Russia will hurt his luxurious lifestyle

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s wealthy allies was just caught on camera having a temper tantrum over how the recently imposed sanctions on Russia are going to hurt his life of luxury, the Daily Mail reported

That Putin ally is 58-year-old Vladimir Soloviev. The Daily Mail describes him as a “pro-Putin television personality.”

Soloviev’s rant

It came on Friday during Soloviev’s late-night television program, called The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev. What irked him the most is not the tragic loss of life that is occurring because Putin decided to invade Ukraine, but rather the fact that the sanctions might hurt his ability to vacation at his Italian villas.

Soloviev said:

I know from personal experience about the so-called “sacred property rights.” With every transaction, I was bringing paperwork demonstrating my official salary, income, I did it all. I bought it, paid crazy amount of taxes, I did everything. And suddenly someone makes a decision that this journalist is now on the list of sanctions. And right away it affects your real estate. Wait a minute. But you told us that Europe has sacred property rights!

Sologiev continued:

All of a sudden, now they say: ‘Are you Russian? Then we will close your bank account, if it’s in Europe. And if it’s in England, you’re allowed to keep no more than a certain amount there. Why? Because you’re Russian.

Soloviev then tried to draw a parallel between this situation and the Cold War, asking, emotionally, “Is this the Iron Curtain?”

He and the show’s panelists went on to conclude that it was. One of those panelists even said it is “the Iron Curtain in its worst manifestation, painted in LGBT colors.”


Soloviev has not one but two multimillion-dollar properties in Italy. They are reportedly located on the same street as actor George Clooney’s $100 million estate.

The United States and the West have been targeting Putin allies with a series of sanctions designed to get Russia to backtrack from its invasion of Ukraine.

Over the weekend the U.S. and its allies announced the launching of “a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of our financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within our jurisdictions.”

The U.S. and its allies also said that it will “limit the sale of citizenship—so-called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of our countries and gain access to our financial systems.”

It’s clear that this is going to upset the likes of Soloviev. But, less clear is whether sanctions like these are going to be enough to get Putin to withdraw from Ukraine. Time will tell.

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