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Un-Bear-Lievable

The Toulouse Museum took part in a project that allows viewers to spend a few hours with a female Slovenian bear named Tolosa. A video camera was placed around the animal’s neck for 20 days.

The uniquely European project called “Inside the Eyes of the Bear" is linked to an exhibit and has provided valuable information to scientists.

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Vladimir Potanin, How The Mega-Rich Russian Oligarch Defies Western Sanctions

French daily Les Echos profiles Vladimir Potanin, Russia's incarnation of a never-turn-back oligarch. The owner of Nornickel, Russia's leading company in the metals and mining industry, Potanin continues to grow his business despite Western sanctions. He recently took over French bank Société Générale's Russian subsidiary — with the Kremlin's approval, of course.

Potanin meets Russian chess grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi for a friendly chess game on Dec. 24, 2021.

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“Me an oligarch? No… On the other hand, Vladimir Potanin — with his politics and business — is the true incarnation of an oligarch!”

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Among Russia's top 10 billionaires, relationships have always been riddled with fratricidal wars involving millions of dollars and petty phrases.

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