September 03, 2023

Putin's Palace Saved from Wildfire


Putin's Palace Saved from Wildfire
Damage caused by the wildfire. Izvestia.

Russian state news organization Izvestia reported that emergency services put out a wildfire near the town of Gelendzhik.

A Telegram post by MChS Rossii (the federal disaster service) said that 500 people and 80 vehicles were used to suppress the fire, including a Beriev Be-200 jet-powered flying boat and Mi-8 utility helicopter. All told, the fire burned almost 300 acres due to the rugged and inaccessible terrain.

Gelendzhik is not only a well-known resort town on Russia's Black Sea coast; it's also the closest town to "Putin's Palace," a monstrous construction brought to light by Alexei Navalny in 2021. While the Kremlin has denied ownership, the internet has been quick to meme the palace.

Police have reportedly arrested the man responsible for starting the fire (carelessness, not arson). According to the MChS, the fire posed no threat to any settlements in the area, palace or otherwise.

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