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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.
The association Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco was inaugurated on Thursday, January 18, in Menton, with the unveiling of the first in a series of plaques commemorating strong associations with Monaco and the Grimaldi family.
The ceremony took place in the presence of Honorary President Prince Albert and Jean-Claude Guibal, Mayor of Menton and Founder and President of the association, as well as many other personalities.
Created in 2015, on the occasion of the celebration of the tercentenary of the Alliance between the Grimaldis and Matignon, the association aims to build a network of ancient Grimaldi sites testifying to the friendship between France and Monaco and consequently to promote these places in terms of culture, heritage and tourism.
With this in mind, the first meeting of the Grimaldi Historic Sites of Monaco will be held in Monaco on June 23 and 24, to present their cultural heritage, craftsmanship and common history.
Also present at the unveiling of the plaque were Colette Giudicelli, Senator of Alpes-Maritimes, Vice-President of the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes, HE Marine de Carne-Trecesson, Ambassador of France, Msgr Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco, Isabelle Rosabrunetto Director General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Georges Marsan, Mayor of Monaco and Thomas Fouilleron, Director of Archives and Library of the Prince's Palace.
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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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