A major paperchase in tomorrow’s Guardian newspaper (originating at the Süddeutsche Zeitung) claims that a man called Sergei Roldugin holds the key to the Russian president’s billions.
Putin was at KGB training school with Roldugin’s brother Yevgeny. Sergei Rolgudin is director of the St Petersburg House of Music. Roldugin has alwayys maintained that he is but a humble musician.
According to the Marinsky Theatre website:
Sergei Roldugin was born on 28 September 1951 on the island of Sakhalin. At the age of five he began to study the piano and, at the age of eight, he took up the cello. Graduated from the Riga School of Music (1970) and later from the Leningrad Conservatoire (1975, class of Anatoly Nikitin). There he also undertook a trainee assistantship. As a student he joined the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonic, Honoured Ensemble of Russia.
In 1984 he became first soloist and leader of the cello section in the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Prize-winner at the Prague Spring International Cello Competition (3rd prize and Bronze Medal, 1980).
In 2003-2004 he was rector of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.
Since 2006 Sergei Roldugin has been Artistic Director of the St Petersburg House of Music, which was founded on his initiative.