Offbeat War in Ukraine: In Thailand, Phuket becomes the ultra-rich Russian refuge
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While the conflict in Ukraine continues, tens of thousands of Russians have left their country since the beginning of the war. Fleeing the sanctions applied by the European Union, some, especially in the richest, prefer other destinations, like Phuket in Thailand, where they arrive numerous, for a holiday, to party, but now also to make business.
With our correspondent in Phuket, Carol Isoux
on the outer bridge of a sparkling yacht, on the Turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, they are about twenty Russians to drink French white wine facing the sunset. The organizer of these luxury nights is called Dennys Dudariev. He is Ukrainian, former boss of nightclub at kyiv, but he must put his personal feelings aside because 80% of his clientele is Russian, and since the beginning of the conflict, his belongings took off.
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"I noticed that there are a lot of ultra rich who arrived here Since the beginning of the war, for about a month, describes Dennys Dudariev. They made a fortune in Russia or Ukraine, or [have become millionaires [thanks to the] cryptomonnaires. Recently I had big events to organize for Russians who had just arrived. Private evenings, where we do not have the right to take a picture. Yesterday, it was birthday evening in a villa, nearly 10,000 euros. They love the theme nights like Aladin, with dancers, magicians. What works best is Gatsby evenings, women in evening dresses, high heels, men in tuxedo, candles, gilded everywhere ... Gatsby, they love ... Every year I organize a dozen.
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But if they apparently know how to have fun, these super rich are not there than for pleasure., the seizures and a Western market now perceived as unstable, they would be more and more numerous to want to invest their money in and Asia.
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This is what Janna Sviritkova notes, at the head of a real estate agency specializing in the luxury villas in Phuket. For her, there are two types of Russian investments today: "Some Russians now want to repatriate their money in Russia, because with the departure of big companies like Mac Donald or Coca Cola, there is a space to rise Business with a very fast growth rate, since there is already a customer base, there are already people ready to drink coca, they already have the concept, just make a Mac Donald to Russian, she explains. Others want to invest in real estate in Asia, because, say, there is a common perspective. They want to have reservations in Thai Baths or other Asian currencies, because we do not know what the sanctions are going to give in Europe, and these currencies are more stable than the ruble. "
Russian business men and women would therefore be more inclined to Chinese or Southeast Asian partnerships, with risk, prevent analysts, see an asian commercial block more independent of Western powers and new oligarchs.
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