Moscow's next elite: Children of the oligarchs

From the blackened afternoon sky, to the bundled up faces of people struggling into the subway, December locks Moscovites into a constant struggle to ward off the winter blues.

22nd January, 2005

From the blackened afternoon sky, to the bundled up faces of people struggling into the subway, December locks Moscovites into a constant struggle to ward off the winter blues.

Amid the gloom, safely tucked away in an anonymous alleyway, the quiet courtyard of a 19th century merchant's house comes to life.

At around 10pm, a steady stream of shining Bentleys, occasional Ferraris, bright yellow Hummers and solid grey Porsche Cayennes roll through the snowbound gates.

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