Model and former Mrs. Globe Alisa Krylova enters a beauty salon in Moscow March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The former Mrs. Russia and Mrs. Globe beauty pageant winner is among Russia's super rich but even she and many of her wealthy friends are feeling the pinch from the economic crisis.The enforced modesty has not yet driven the super wealthy out of Russia or against President Vladimir Putin, who has fanned patriotism during the Ukraine crisis and appealed to businessmen to bring their money home to bolster Russia's position in the worst standoff with the West since the Cold War.Since coming to power in 2000, the former KGB spy has tamed the country's powerful businessmen, or oligarchs, who in the 1990s used their control over the Russian economy to influence politics and his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.After bringing some of what he calls Russia's "national champions" in the energy sector back under state control, Putin made a deal with private owners of big business – be loyal and stay out of politics and you can keep your assets.In the meantime, some luxury companies, while counting the cost of Russia heading into recession, are also counting on Russia's wealthy staying put for a while.
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