In the southern Russian district of Stavropol, the director of the traffic police, Alexei Safonov, was detained on allegations of leading a criminal gang that took $250,000 in bribes from freight businesses. The lavish furnishings inside Safonov's home, in which the Russian government most certainly spent a great deal of money, received further media attention. There would be marbled floors, crystal chandeliers, thrones in place of seats, and gold embellishment on everything from the walls to the ceiling to the furniture to the mirrors to the toilet gold One Russian made light of the situation on Twitter, writing, "Prince Charles has refused the royal title and said that he wants to be the head of traffic police in Stavropol now." Another Facebook user complained that the home's layout was too conventional. "There's that fancy gold loo again—the inability to think beyond the box again.
People assumed that Viktor Yanukovych, whom Transparency International Ukraine named the most corrupt politician in the world in 2017, had a toilet made of gold. Photos of his supposed bathroom, which purportedly resembled a throne with lions' heads, went viral on social media. After being overthrown in 2014, Yanukovych went into exile in Russia. His guards had abandoned him, so when news photographers showed up at his mansion, they took advantage of the situation. Reporters found no gold toilet but an ostrich farm, a golf course, and a ship.
In 2015, Turkey's opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said that Erdogan, who is notoriously wasteful, had his golden toilet. Palaces have been erected for the gentlemen of Ankara, jets have been acquired, and Mercedes-Benz automobiles have been bought for you... "Golden seats have been purchased. That's how you use the bathroom," Kilicdaroglu stated at a rally before legislative elections. President Trump took offense and invited his opponent to the $600 million castle to personally search for the missing golden commode. If Kilicdaroglu found a golden toilet, Erdogan would resign.
The former American leader has never tried to conceal his love of gold. His New York City penthouse costs $100 million, and it's adorned in 24-karat gold in the Louis XIV style. Even the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas glass is plated with 24-karat gold, showing that he has a penchant for the finer things in life and business.
Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, was said to have 100 mansions and multiple gold toilets, among other luxury items. When American soldiers stormed the dictator's palaces in 2003, they found many ornate furnishings. Pictures of troops relaxing on sofas and chairs upholstered in gold leaf, in the French Baroque style, may be seen on the internet. Images of the restrooms reveal what seem to be golden commodes, but they are not the same as the ones at the Guggenheim's art installation.
Alexei Navalny, a leader of the Russian opposition who is now doing time in jail, published a video in January called Putin's Palace about a mansion worth $1.4 billion that he claims belongs to Putin. (The Kremlin has dismissed the allegations.) Images of the aquatic disco, theater, casino, and ice rink were shown. Even if there weren't actual gold toilets, an $850 toilet brush looked the part.