Ukraine: Pro-Russian oligarchs flee to French Riviera
17 December 2022 | 5:13 am
In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, some pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs and politicians made a beeline for southern France. Others tried to smuggle suitcases full of cash across the Hungarian border.
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