A year after being unceremoniously dumped as Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov and his billionaire wife are back in the limelight, attacking the president and posing a problem for the Kremlin ahead of elections next month.
Dear Mr Churchill, I have always been a great admirer of your people's culture and wit - otherwise, why should I have ventured to endure the various economic uncertainties of becoming a British press proprietor?
When Russias richest woman, Yelena Baturina, was struggling to pay down more than $870m in debt during last years economic crisis, the wife of the former Moscow mayor managed to extricate her construction empire with a surprising deal.
Newspaper owner Alexander Lebedev claimed yesterday that a powerful, wealthy enemy had ordered the raid on his Moscow bank that involved 50 armed police and secret service personnel.
The powerful mayor of Moscow has departed the Russian capital for Austria amid a media campaign that many believe has been ordered by the Kremlin to discredit him.