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Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Russian Christmas Tale

Reader JK notes the following story from the BBC:

France holds Russian billionaire

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (Oct 2003 file pic)
Mr Prokhorov is being held with some other businessmen
French police are questioning one of Russia's richest men, metals billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, about a suspected prostitution ring.
Mr Prokhorov, who co-owns metals giant Norilsk Nickel, was among 26 people arrested in the Alpine ski resort of Courchevel on Tuesday, officials said. His detention in the city of Lyon has been extended until Saturday. About nine others are also still being held. Several young women arrested with them have been released. Mr Prokhorov, 41, is ranked 89th on Forbes magazine's 2006 list of the world's richest people. His fortune is estimated at $7.6bn (£4bn). Norilsk Nickel is the world's biggest producer of nickel and palladium. Courchevel is currently hosting many wealthy Russians celebrating the traditional Orthodox New Year, the French news agency AFP reports.

JK sums it up neatly: "Ah yes, Christmas: the yultide, the family, and of course---don't forget the whores."

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