Grapes of wrath: fury in Crimea as Putin and Berlusconi drink 240-year-old wine

During a visit to what is claimed to be the biggest wine collection in the world at the Massandra winery, Putin and his longtime friend tried a 1775 Jeres de la Frontera that was brought to Crimea by Count Mikhail Vorontsov, during the reign of Catherine the Great.

But the prosecutor general of the former Crimean government, which has been operating in exile since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014, didn’t find the VIP degustation amusing.

He opened a criminal case for large scale theft over the incident, estimating the loss at two million hryvnia, or about £60,000, the Centre of Journalistic Investigations reported.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/18/grapes-of-wrath-crimea-fury-as-putin-and-berlusconi-drink-240-year-old-wine

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