Russian money-bags seem to be rather tired of rowdy parties with caviar and floods of luxurious champagne that they used to organize right in the air on board of airplanes. They no longer like to go to skiing resorts in helicopters. Entertainment that is currently very popular among Russian wealthy may seem strange to some people but be sure they are very expensive indeed. Some well-off and whimsical Russians are ready to pay good money for the chance of turning into a Paris homeless or a Geneva tram conductor just for one day. The exclusive leisure may also include the roles of a waiter, taxi driver or prostitute. Others on the contrary prefer playing with toy soldiers.
According to the German magazine Der Spiegel, there are just few things in the world that can make wealthy Russians move. Being sated with their everyday luxury they wish to pay huge money for a one-day role of a vagabond or street musician, or follow the track of Alexander the Great about Afghanistan.
President of the Planet Bowling company Alexander Sorokin is one of the wealthy Russians known for their inclination for spending spare time in a rather whimsical way. Once he celebrated his birthday riding a bike at a speed of 200 km/h. Soon, the man is going to have a very particular event together with his colleagues. They will travel on horses about the Gobi Desert right along the way Genghis Khan had passed. Alexander Sorokin says that all types of leisure that entertainment companies offer are no longer exotic or thrilling for him. He has tried everything including skydiving and jumping on mountain skis from a helicopter. The idea of following the track of Genghis Khan is really attractive and exciting for him. One would say that luxury for this man is not at all diamonds but rather thrilling unforgettable moments.
The life of Russian billionaires is full of stress, and they prefer to relieve of stress either by organizing risky adventures or hiring out as ordinary sailors. Director of Event Company Mikhail Gorshikhin says that the above entertainments have become trivial however. The Russian high society thinks it is already commonplace to invite some 150 guests to come on board a plane to further head for an unknown place that is kept secret for a grand luxurious party there. This even may cost about half a million dollars but it is losing the popularity among Russian money-bags.
Top-level managers, deputies and high-ranking officials and their wives pay up to $7,000 per head for a night that they will be able to spend being waiters, taxi drivers or homeless in Moscow, tells psychologist Sergey Knyazev, the founder of the Producers Center company that organizes unusual entertainment for the rich. He adds that the role of a one-night prostitute is also popular among Russian wealthy.
Organizers of exotic leisure say it is particularly important for them is to maintain confidentiality of their clients, and this turns out to be a really hard task sometimes. These games are a very delicate thing and may even be dangerous, Sergey Knyazev says. Wealthy and whimsical Russians now head to Europe where they believe the roles of homeless, prostitutes and street musicians will be more special than in Russia. Such role games are a method to relieve of everyday stress for some people while for others they are an opportunity to escape from their absolutely predictable life.
Head of the RBA Promo Holding company that organizes exclusive entertainment, Alexey Vanchugov is sometimes really stunned with desires of the company’s clients. He tells about top-level managers, the ones known for their preference of five-star hotels, who paid 25,000 euro each to spend a night in a mountain village in Afghanistan during their voyage along the track of Alexander the Great. These people do not want to parade their money they rather want to get intellectual entertainment.
Two adult Russians, director of a realty company Eduard, 38, and his friend Georgy, 45 formed armies of toy soldiers to stage war campaigns that Napoleon had had. They gave battles at the Defense Ministry in Moscow under the guidance of war strategists. At that, the first false Napoleon turned history back and won the Waterloo battle while the other was crushed in the Borodino battle. Both ‘army commanders’ paid for their unusual battles 28,000 euro each.
Translated by Maria Gousseva
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