The lifestyles of the rich and the Russian haven't all been caviar dreams in recent weeks.
Escalating strife in Crimea has sent Moscow into a stock market slump this month — and caused the country's 10 richest to lose a collective $6.6 billion, reported research firm Wealth-X.
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But don't think those opulent oligarchs are crying into their triple-distilled vodka just yet. They're still rolling in enough rubles to make multi million-dollar deals in America — and their names aren't among the high-level Russian officials whose U.S. assets have been frozen under Western sanctions.
Russia's mega rich are still expected to continue to drop big dollars on investments like these:
Luxury residential properties are the ultimate status symbol among Russia's elite. Some $1 billion worth of residential real estate in the U.S. is tied to buyers from Russia or a former Soviet state, according to a New York Times estimate in 2012.
They're snatching up penthouses in Manhattan and mansions in Miami.