Putin's watch collection exceeds his declared income

The Russian opposition group Solidarity is circulating the video above, which highlights the Russian president's taste in wrist-wear -- a collection they say exceeds his declared income of 3.6 million rubles ($112,000) per year. The Moscow Times writes

Putin, who wears the timepieces on his right wrist, has been photographed sporting a Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar, valued at $60,000. The president has also been seen wearing a Leman Aqua Lung Grande Date by Blancpain, worth $10,500. Made of crocodile leather, sapphire glass and platinum, an A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph may be his most expensive timepiece, valued at half a million dollars.[...]

Putin's watch collection is worth at least 22 million rubles, Solidarity says.

"Putin, it seems, did not eat or drink for six years to acquire this collection," Boris Nemtsov, a Solidarity member and former deputy prime minister, wrote in a blog post featuring the video Thursday.

Last year, the website RuLeaks posted photos of a lavish Italianate mansion near the Black Sea alleged to belong to Putin. 


Greek far-right spokesman assaults rival on TV

If Greece's Golden Dawn party is looking to change its prevailing image as a cadre of neo-Nazi thugs, spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris evidently didn't get the memo

What was a heated debate over the June 17 elections descended into chaos when Kasidiaris threw a glass of water at the female leftist party member, Rena Dourou, calling her a "joke".

As other participants watched in stunned silence, Communist party deputy Liana Kanelli intervened on her behalf, throwing a newspaper at Kasidiaris, who called her a "commie", stood up, pushed her and hit her hard in the face.

Kasidiaris was locked in a room in the TV studio but broke down the door and escaped police are now looking for him. 

This isn't the first incident of on-camera violent intimidation by Golden Dawn. In a press conference after the party's surprise victory in the May elections, guards forcibly expelled journalists who refused to stand for party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos.