`Gazprom One, You're Cleared For Takeoff'

A sleek Mercedes-Benz or BMW may be top of the line for mob bosses tooling around Moscow, but for the true business and political elite on the go in the former Soviet Union, the ultimate status symbol these days is an executive jet. Top managers at Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom now flit about in a pair of cushy, French-made Falcons. Not to be outdone, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his entourage travel in a Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

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