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Blase New Rich Plan To Sit Out Elections

Don't expect a line of limousines at the polls Sunday. Many of the people flourishing in the ""new'' Russia probably won't bother to vote. Predictions that anti-reform parties -- like the Communists -- who court the angry, the elderly and the impoverished will do well in the parliamentary elections don't seem to faze the new rich. If Rome is about to burn, these people are reaching for their fiddles. Maxim's, the posh French restaurant, is already half-booked for a $450-a-plate New Year's Eve feast of oysters, caviar and duck. ""People are calling every day,'' said headwaiter Andrei Ozol, who recommends a nice bottle of 1971 Chateau Petrus Pomerol for just $4,500 to go with it. Business is also brisk at the Maserati dealership, where salesman Vadim Zityatdinov reports that a client recently paid cash -- more than $200,000 -- for one of the sleek Italian sports cars.

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