Russia has certainly captured the popular imagination this election cycle. We haven’t heard as many tales of espionage since the halcyon days of Boris and Natasha. But it’s all high-tech now, and that takes cash. Not to worry- Russia’s super-rich now live on a scale of grandeur not seen since Tsarist days.
The Wall Street Journal takes us aboard the floating palace of billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, known simply as “A”. We are not exactly talking about understated elegance here – scalloped silver leaf walls, a bedroom fitted out with stingray hide decor, and – a must for the sybaritic mores of today’s global super-rich- a “nookie room”. (!) A disco, three pools, a cavernous garage housing three designer launch boats, and, of course, a helipad, complete the list of “must haves”.
We are living in a Gatsbyesque age, folks. On steroids. Where it will end, no one knows.