RUSSIA FRANCE Issue dated 13/07/2021

Putin's modest 'Russian champagne' gift to allies Boris Titov and Yuri Kovalchuk

Russian President Vladimir Putin picks a glass of champagne.
Russian President Vladimir Putin picks a glass of champagne. © Maxim Shipenkov/EPA/MaxPPP
The Kremlin has forced French champagne producers to eat humble pie, in a move that mostly benefits Russian presidential advisor Boris Titov's "champagne" of the tsars, Abrau-Durso, and the Crimean sparkling wine made by "Putin's banker", Yuri Kovalchuk. [...] (684 words)
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