Russia’s economy has been in shambles since the Russia-Ukraine war started in February 2022. Many have been dealing with the ongoing effects of most western companies pulling out of the country, as well as how low Russia’s currency currently is.
While most have been feeling the economic effects, others continue life as if nothing has happened. The ultra-rich have continued to flaunt their wealth, which has even caused Vladimir Putin to do something about it.
Dozens of rich Russians were arrested for parading around in their expensive supercars down the streets of Moscow. Several men taking part in a “Rich and Successful” rally in the city were dragged out of their fancy cars by police for showing off too excessively. One of the men was the former mayor of Archangelsk, Alexander Donskoy.
A clip of the crackdown was posted on Twitter, which shows police arresting a handful of the participants. The suppression comes amidst many Russian soldiers dying in the war against Ukraine.
According to state-run TASS, 170 supercars took part in the rally, including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royce Phantoms, Ferraris, Porsches, Hummer H1s, Chevrolet Corvette C8s, Audi RS5s and Bentley Continental GT IIs. Police detained 107 people in total and seized most of the vehicles.
The organizer of the event was Alexei Khitrov, a 28-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire. He said when police moved in the event, “at first I thought it was a joke.”
TASS also reported that seven men were ordered to serve as many as 15 days in detention for participating in a “mass gathering of citizens in a public place.” This law restricts “meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” in public.