A mysterious mansion on the Catalan coast with an apparent Kazakhstani connection is spurring an environmental controversy. Local authorities are conducting a probe to determine whether graft was involved in the granting of permits to build the estate in an ecologically protected area.
The villa in question is still under construction, and, when completed, shapes up to be one of the more opulent pleasure domes on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Known as Can Juncadella, it will have a whopping 3,000 square meters of space, reportedly including 13 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, three saunas and a vast garage for luxury cars. It is situated in Lloret de Mar, a town with one of the finest beaches on the Costa Brava, roughly 35 miles northeast of Barcelona.
While the basic outlines of the villa are now plainly visible, important details, namely who owns it and how he/she obtained the waivers to build it, remain unknown, as if hidden inside a nesting doll of opacity.
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Georgii Nikolaenko is a Eurasianet editorial associate.