A bit deeper into Pravda today. What was it that attracted me about the headline? Looking back, I still can't say.
Anyway, the list was compiled by Russian Tatler, and the first name on the list is Ksenia Sobchak. Apparently She is known across Russia as a socialite, TV host and presenter. Ksenia is Russia's No.1 'it girl', an analogue to Paris Hilton. Literally none of these things make her seem desirable.
The next on the list: just a photo. And then Alina Kabayeva, Russia's rhythmical gymnast and State Duma deputy. She quit her sports career after she won every medal that she could. Now she is a TV host. She is friends with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. I doubt you'd get much trouble. Except from Putin.
As Wikipedia helpfully explains, she possesses a 'high inborn flexibility'. There was a report that she was going to marry Putin, which Putin rubbished at a press conference. The press conference was being co-held with Silvio Berlusconi. I can't think what those guys talked about.
Gorbachev's granddaughter is on the list. So is Alyona Akhmadullina [who] is friends with many Russian oligarchs. She owns her own brand and a three-storeyed boutique in the heart of Moscow. You may be interested to know that when she came up with her collection for Autumn 2007, she had in mind 'intergalactic athletes'. I haven't the time or energy to find you the relevant pictures.
Ksenia Sukhinova won Miss World last year. What this makes me think is that Ksenia is an unusually well-represented name on this list, and I had never heard it before five minutes ago. It's Segolene all over again. What is its cultural freight? If you are Russian, is it equivalent to Brittany or is it equivalent to Jemima? If someone can answer this question, I would be both surprised and grateful.
There are other TV hosts, fashion designers and socialites.