Future Scotland. Thanks for ing up! Courchevel's hoteliers and shopkeepers welcome the cash their Russian guests bring, but some of their brasher behaviour has made more sensitive holidaymakers blanch.
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Arts and Culture. For the Russian visitors, Courchevel's attractions are the privacy it offers and its fabulously expensive hotels, bars and fashion boutiques. French police are holding Mikhail Prokhorov, co-owner of the world's biggest nickel producer with an estimated fortune of 3.
A female western journalist who was accredited in Russia bumped into Mr Prokhorov - the 89th richest man in the world according to Forbes - and his business partner Vladimir Potanin in on the ski slopes of Val d'Isre - another luxury French ski resort - and was invited to a dinner at the plush La Savoyarde restaurant.
He is a pleasant person but he has got such a lifestyle, he does not hide it, plus he is not married," said the businessman, who has attended Mr Prokhorov's parties in Courchevel. He said they were models, not prostitutes.
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Russian media reported one drunken brawl in a ski lift on the way up to the top of the piste, with skis and poles falling down through broken glass. It is also one of the few Alpine resorts with a private airfield for executive jets and it is a short trip across the border to the Swiss banks where many rich Russians keep their millions.
The newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian matchmaker to the wealthy, who often flies young girls to Courchevel to the tycoons' parties. Advertise My Business.
Russia's rich and famous who invade the french ski resort of courchevel each year will now have to find somewhere else to go after authorities this week decided their partying had gone too far.
Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later. One businessman in Moscow yesterday said he believed this would shake up the party set. No-one has been charged, but the case is likely to spell the end of a phenomenon which sees Russia's super-rich and their entourages descend on the town in early January for two weeks of drinking, parties and - if there is time - a spot of skiing. By The Newsroom.
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Public Notices. Mr Prokhorov has been called Russia's most eligible bachelor and his acquaintances say he is often surrounded by attractive women.
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Must Read. His detention - without charge so far - has shocked the Russian lite, who each year turn Courchevel into "Kurshevelevo", holding decadent parties and spending big money.
Food and Drink. The 30 guests, including a dozen young and leggy Russian women, mixed vodka and cripplingly expensive Chateau Petrus - sometimes in the same glass - and dined on oysters, foie gras and lobster, she said.
News you can trust since in Edit Out. News World Party's over in 'valley of sin' RUSSIA'S rich and famous who invade the French ski resort of Courchevel each year will now have to find somewhere else to go after authorities this week decided their partying had gone too far. up.