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Politician fights for life after crashing hours-old Ferrari
The Scotsman ^ | 11/28/06 | Connor Sweeney

Posted on 11/27/2006 5:35:59 PM PST by LibWhacker

THE Russian billionaire and parliamentarian Suleiman Kerimov was in a critical condition in a French hospital yesterday after crashing a Ferrari Enzo only hours after buying it.

Listed by Forbes magazine as the 72nd richest person in the world, Mr Kerimov lost control of the £500,000 car on Saturday afternoon on the Promenade des Anglais in the French resort of Nice.

The car hit a tree, burst into flames and was destroyed.

Mr Kerimov, 41, was flown by helicopter to a specialist burns clinic at a hospital in Marseilles.

A spokesman for the hospital authority said his condition remained "worrisome", and added that he was breathing with the aid of a respirator. Doctors would not know whether his condition had stabilised for another 48 hours, he said.

A 31-year-old woman who was in the car with Mr Kerimov was named as Tina Kandelaki. Nice police identified the injured woman as having the same name as a prominent radio and television host in Russia, but could not confirm it was the media personality. The woman suffered burns on her thighs and hands. She was treated and released from a Nice hospital on Saturday, before returning to Russia.

A police investigation into the crash is under way.

Mr Kerimov bought the Ferrari Enzo in Nice earlier on Saturday, police said. Witnesses told investigators that the car had been weaving in and out of vehicles at high speed on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice's best-known thoroughfare, police said.

The vehicle span out of control on the wet road before hitting the tree.

Mr Kerimov, engulfed in flames, pulled himself out of the car and rolled on the grass, the police said.

Mr Kerimov is a member of pro-Kremlin ultra-nationalist Liberal Democrat Party in the Duma.

The party's leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has insisted that there was nothing suspicious about the crash.

Mr Kerimov is worth £3.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine, whose annual survey of the world's richest people put him at No 72 and made him the 11th richest Russian.

He was born in Russia's southern region of Dagestan, near the troubled region of Chechnya, and owns big stakes in gas monopoly Gazprom and Russia's largest bank, Sberbank.

Mr Kerimov leaped into the top league of Russian billionaires in the late 1990s, several years after he started to borrow aggressively from banks to buy shares in state companies, betting that the value of his investments would rise over time.

He is married with three children, but he is regularly linked by Russian tabloids to some of Russia's most famous young women.

Russian media reported last year that he paid £500,000 to fly the pop stars Shakira and Christina Aguilera to Russia to celebrate his 40th birthday.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: billionaire; crash; ferrari; kerimov

1 posted on 11/27/2006 5:36:03 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
The party's leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has insisted that there was nothing suspicious about the crash.

Isn't that the nutjob who wants Alaska back?
2 posted on 11/27/2006 5:39:39 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: LibWhacker

Bummer about the car.


3 posted on 11/27/2006 5:40:31 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: cripplecreek

Right, that's him! "Nutjob" is a good description of him.


4 posted on 11/27/2006 5:42:38 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

another Enzo tragically destroyed.


5 posted on 11/27/2006 5:43:17 PM PST by oceanview
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To: LibWhacker

Putin strikes again! Who will he strike next? Yakof Smirnov?


6 posted on 11/27/2006 5:43:25 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: Dog Gone

Yeah, not just any billionaire can own one. Owners have to be invited by Ferrari. Must have been a loyal customer.


7 posted on 11/27/2006 5:45:24 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: Dog Gone

Lol, that's what I was thinking. Crazy to think you can buy a brand new Ferrari Enzo and hours later take it out on the street and put the pedal to the medal. Where's the respect?


8 posted on 11/27/2006 5:45:29 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Sender

but they allowed resales with the Enzo, they go for about 1.3 million.


9 posted on 11/27/2006 5:46:23 PM PST by oceanview
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To: LibWhacker
At least he didn't leave a girl dead in the back seat.
10 posted on 11/27/2006 5:47:17 PM PST by KoRn
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To: LibWhacker

Tina Kandelaki

11 posted on 11/27/2006 5:50:30 PM PST by r9etb
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To: LibWhacker


That is just plain sad.

12 posted on 11/27/2006 5:53:45 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: LibWhacker
Mr Kerimov, engulfed in flames, pulled himself out of the car and rolled on the grass, the police said.

Wow. I have to give props to the man.

The car didn't leave him in condition to do that easily.
13 posted on 11/27/2006 5:56:25 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: LibWhacker
put the pedal to the medal...

or is that metal or mettle?

LOL

14 posted on 11/27/2006 5:57:45 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: dixiechick2000
Is that a hybrid?

15 posted on 11/27/2006 6:00:14 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder if his, uh, er ... "thingy" got burned? Well, inquiring minds want to know.


16 posted on 11/27/2006 6:00:59 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: All

Tina Kandelaki
17 posted on 11/27/2006 6:01:46 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Cobra64

Arghhh! Can't believe I made that mistake. :-(


18 posted on 11/27/2006 6:02:33 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: dixiechick2000

I hate the smell of burning carbon fiber in the morning (which means, of course, my Enzo blow'ed up).


19 posted on 11/27/2006 6:03:41 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: LibWhacker

Where was Putin?


20 posted on 11/27/2006 6:04:28 PM PST by Leisler
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To: LdSentinal
"Putin strikes again!"

Possible. But the article says Kerimov was "pro-Kremlin." Could be payback for the recent killing in England. Or maybe Kerimov was just a bad driver.

21 posted on 11/27/2006 6:05:34 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: LibWhacker

Tell me the news, baby. Tell me anything you want.


22 posted on 11/27/2006 6:07:06 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: r9etb

Picture at #17 :-)


23 posted on 11/27/2006 6:07:54 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Boy, with that in the passenger seat I might have crashed it too...not able to concentrate on the heel & toe thing. Or whatever...


24 posted on 11/27/2006 6:09:51 PM PST by Felis_irritable
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To: LibWhacker
Putincide?
25 posted on 11/27/2006 6:09:59 PM PST by blues_guitarist (I'm black so I can say it! . . . LOL!! . . . Hey Kool-aid!!!! . . . As in the days of Noah!)
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To: LibWhacker

This fits the thread:

http://www.wreckedexotics.com


26 posted on 11/27/2006 6:11:29 PM PST by VOA
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To: dixiechick2000
Hey! The 277,000.00 car!

'You might want to hold on to this one (IOU). It's for the car'.

27 posted on 11/27/2006 6:14:33 PM PST by txhurl (tinfoil hat firmly back on after 8 month vacation from it)
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To: LibWhacker
She's no hybrid!

28 posted on 11/27/2006 6:15:48 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: LibWhacker
the Promenade des Anglais in the French resort of Nice.

I've been there. Right along the beach. Typically, it would be crowded with sun-worshippers.

What's with this recent spate of rich suicide kings wrecking expensive cars??? Jump off a freakin' building if you wanna die, but leave the keys to the Enzo on the ledge!

29 posted on 11/27/2006 6:16:45 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: LibWhacker

for the tifosi among us:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=xXRk_fp31Bw


30 posted on 11/27/2006 6:17:33 PM PST by oceanview
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To: LibWhacker; All

After seeing the pic of Tina, an old joke came to mind:

Q: How do you feel about sex after sixty-five?

A: It's great, but it causes a lot of wrecks.....


31 posted on 11/27/2006 6:18:46 PM PST by musicman
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To: oceanview

I had read earlier that he had borrowed the car from a friend. Doesn't matter I suppose, it's still a tragic end to a remarkable vehicle. Perhaps he should have been driving a Koenigsegg CCR. It's got a full carbon fiber uni-body and is at least as impressive as the Enzo. Oh yeah, and the driver is barely older than I am so I guess it sucks that he's all mangled and burned, huh?


32 posted on 11/27/2006 6:25:51 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad ((( Omega 2012 )))
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To: LibWhacker

I wonder if he checked crash test results with Consumer's Union or J.D. Powers before buying that car? He should of had a Lincoln Town Car or Mercury Grand Marquis.


33 posted on 11/27/2006 6:26:06 PM PST by moonman (`)
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To: r9etb

Think she would have had anything to do with the guy if he was a street sweeper?


34 posted on 11/27/2006 6:27:38 PM PST by Riverman94610
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To: oceanview

No ashtray. No radio. All your attention must be on driving. Guess they forgot about Tina.


35 posted on 11/27/2006 6:28:14 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker
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36 posted on 11/27/2006 6:50:18 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: LibWhacker

Actually, if you have been down that street, it also may have been the topless sunbathers along the beach that distracted him. It is a cool street with lots of disractions. Maybe he missed the turn to get into the casino which is just off the prpmenade as well.


37 posted on 11/27/2006 7:19:56 PM PST by milwguy
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To: LibWhacker

Dang ... Splat!

I'm glad no one else was hurt.


38 posted on 11/27/2006 7:21:08 PM PST by Tax-chick (My remark was stupid, and I'm a slave of the patriarchy. So?)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

"I wonder if his, uh, er ... "thingy" got burned? Well, inquiring minds want to know."


Well, the accident happened in Nice. So, I gather we can assume it was French fried.


39 posted on 11/27/2006 7:31:26 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: LibWhacker

He musta been tryin' to copycat the rollover swerve in the new Bond movie.

"But I could do it and not––OH SH&*%$##(*&@&!!!!"


40 posted on 11/27/2006 8:15:43 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: LibWhacker

now that's a saucy red head = lots of trouble ;-)


41 posted on 11/27/2006 9:37:08 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Trajan88
> now that's a saucy red head = lots of trouble ;-)

In my experience, ALL redheads are trouble.

The special sauce only makes it better trouble.

42 posted on 11/27/2006 10:06:36 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: I see my hands

LOL!

I don't think so.

If it were, all of the eco-freaks in H'wood would have several.
That would make them cool. ;o)


43 posted on 11/27/2006 10:08:35 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Trajan88

"my Enzo blow'ed up"


LOL!

THAT...I understand. ;o)


44 posted on 11/27/2006 10:09:59 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: txflake

"'You might want to hold on to this one (IOU). It's for the car'."


Okay...I'm stumped.

Movie?
Song?


45 posted on 11/27/2006 10:12:06 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: dixiechick2000

Dumb & Dumber. :)


46 posted on 11/28/2006 10:42:15 AM PST by txhurl (tinfoil hat firmly back on after 8 month vacation from it)
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To: LibWhacker; Dog Gone; dixiechick2000; r9etb; All
Pictures I received in the mail. According to the email:

The driver only had some bruising from the seat belt and 2 small cuts, but the loss of the car was U$1 million dollars. The waiting list for a new one is 2 years.

The car had only 9 miles on it. One mile of it occured during the wreck, assuming the odometer still worked.


47 posted on 11/28/2006 6:02:15 PM PST by HoosierHawk
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To: txflake

LOL!

Right now, that's kinda how I feel. ;o)


48 posted on 11/28/2006 8:18:53 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: HoosierHawk

"The driver only had some bruising from the seat belt and 2 small cuts..."


WOW!
Those things are SAFE!

Put me down for two...;o)


49 posted on 11/28/2006 8:20:42 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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