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Monaco authorities have detained the former Chairman of the Board of a Russian bank on an Interpol warrant, according to Tass, the official Russian news agency.
Vladimir Gudkov is suspected of being complicit in embezzling at least 500 million roubles, about €7.24 million, along with other senior office holders at Investtorgbank, according to respected business paper Kommersant, although Moscow’s Ministry of Internal affairs has not confirmed the name.
The alleged fraud involved the purchase and sale of mortgages between the bank and a brokerage company. Russian investigators claim that no real business was carried out by the brokerage. The case has been active since 2016. After the arrest of other suspects, Gudkov disappeared and was put on the Interpol list.
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Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport has set a new record for number of passengers in 2017, with a total of 13.3 million people using the gateway to the Riviera during the year, up by 900,000 from 2016, a 7.1 percent annual increase.
Nice airport upgraded its passenger facilities in Terminal 2 during the year, having done the same for Terminal 1 in 2016.
Dominique Thillaud, Chairman of the Management Board of Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur, said: “I am very pleased with the excellent results of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport. This growth was achieved by improving the quality and speed of services provided to passengers, and contributed to the attractiveness of our territory. The key to our success today and tomorrow is our competitiveness.”
Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport is the second largest airport in France after Paris, with 114 direct destinations and 56 regular airlines serving 40 countries. Outside Paris, it is also the only French airport to offer a daily service to New York, Doha and Dubai.
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Racing car enthusiasts have until the end of January to view the exceptional Bugatti Chiron, currently displayed at the Prince’s car museum.
The car is named after Monaco motor racing driver Louis Chiron, winner of the 1931 Monaco Grand Prix on a Type 51 Bugatti.
The latest model is a 1,500 horsepower car that claims to be the most powerful, most luxurious and fastest production car in the world (max speed 460 km/h). Equipped with a 16-cylinder engine in W, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. It will be produced in a series of just 500 copies, with a price tag in the region of €2.4 million.
The three-month Bugatti car show began will end on March 10 at the Prince of Monaco Car Collection.
Meanwhile, the Monaco Post Office is issuing stamps featuring the Lotus 49, driven by Jim Clark to win the Monaco Grand Prix in 1967. Also featured will be a stamp commemorating the Mercedes-Benz W196, driven by Stirling Moss and Fangio, who was crowned world champion in F1 in 1954 and 1955. The stamps go on sale on February 19.
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Tuesday 16 January, 8 pm, Variety Theatre
Piano recital by Kazakh prodigy Alim Beisembayev (winner of the first Van Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition), organised by Ars Antonina Monaco. The programme features Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Scarlatti
Information: 06 03 44 20 66