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Italians run away as Russians invade

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/15/witaly115.xml

A small Tuscan town once frequented by artists and writers has become this summer's most fashionable destination for wealthy Russians, prompting the locals to flee for the surrounding hills.
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A recent survey of Italian property showed that prices in Forte dei Marmi are the highest in the country and most of the residents have sold up and bought new homes in the mountains nearby.
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The hotel, which features columns of translucent marble, solid gold fittings, and crystal chandeliers, was fiercely opposed by the residents of the town, said Mr Duca. Rooms cost between £500 and £1,400 a night.

"They said we were the hotel for the Russians, and we do have lots of Russian guests," he said.

Mr Buratti said the character of the town had been changed profoundly by the new wealth. "Once upon a time, the Moratti family, the owners of Inter football club, would come here and stay in a simple cottage and ride around on bicycles. Now everyone wants to drive their Ferraris through the town centre."

Courcheval, in France, and Kitsbühel, Austria, have also seen an influx of Russian oligarchs.
 
#5
Yep. Did some out of season training on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and the nearest towns (Kaprun and Zell am See) were full of Russians.

Locals hate them.
 

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LE
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#11
Italian mafia running to the hills when the nouveau-rich Russian mafia roll up and buy a hotel. Who'd have thought it?
 
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There are mr.Shadybin (former communist MP, taxi-driver, famous for his specific 'humour'). Ms. Hakamada (ethnically half Japanese, former democratic MP, a candidate on the last presidential elections, won 4%).
 
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Since when do the locals hang around when there isn’t a buck to be made from the dumb ARRSE tourists? Moreover, who wants their private life spoilt by a bunch of obnoxious heathens? The Krauts have been ruining Rimini for years. It’s long been somewhere Italians don’t go. You go to north Italy you get the tourist version. You want more you need to be invited, and money won’t do it. It can be a bit staggering to discover how many locals could buy and sell you several times over from petty cash. :wink:

This comment probably made the Tele because the writer and his mates go to Tuscany after it was endorsed by Phoney Blair and his freeloading ventures. Actually it’s been the fashionable British venue for years. People go there and think they know Italy like others go to New York and think they know America. :roll:

”Italian mafia running to the hills when the nouveau-rich Russian mafia roll up and buy a hotel. Who'd have thought it?”

????…….Apparently only you squire, entirely wrong part of the country, though some Russians may find some of their flock being replaced by invoices? 8O :lol:

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