Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that he was interested in winemaking as a field of activity, and joked that at the end of his presidential career, he would go to work as a legal adviser in this area.
On Monday, during an online conversation with university students, commenting on the “investigation” published earlier on the Internet about the palace in Gelendzhik allegedly belonging to him, Putin noted that he had paid particular attention to the episode related to the wine business.
“Of all that I saw there, I became interested in only one – not as a business, but as a kind of activity. This is winemaking. This is a good kind of activity, noble. One of my good friends with his partner is engaged in a small business,” he said pointing out that in general, the wine industry in the country has been developing in recent years.
“I would have dealt with this someday – not as a business, but as an activity. I have an advisor, Boris Titov, who owns Abrau-Dyurso. <…> Maybe when I finish my work [as president] , I will go to work as an adviser to him, but not as a businessman, but as a specialist in the field of law. Now we have passed the law, and I am beginning to understand something about this,” Putin jokingly speculated about the future.
In turn, Titov told TASS that he would not refuse an adviser in the person of the president. “I think that there is no entrepreneur in the world who would refuse such an offer. Moreover, I can say that in the field of law Vladimir Vladimirovich knows the wine industry very well, since he signed the law on winemaking, which is in full swing today and is changing its structure. winemaking in Russia”, – said Titov.