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                   Viktor Vekselberg born 46 years ago in a tiny Soviet town on the Ukrainian-Polish border 

    By Linda Hales,
Washington Post Staff Writer
The Washington Post,
Washington, D.C.
Saturday, March 13, 2004;

NEW YORK -- In the august salons of Sotheby's on Thursday, industrialist Viktor Vekselberg presided over a private party that he could not have imagined during his youth in a country that no longer exists. The billionaire oil and gas baron from Moscow, born 46 years ago in a tiny Soviet town on the Ukrainian-Polish border, made headlines last month by purchasing $100 million worth of Faberge decorative arts. The highlight was nine Easter eggs made for the last czars. With 300 of his new best friends present, including Russian Federation officialdom, he used the caviar-and-champagne setting to introduce a new concept for Russians: philanthropy. The centerpiece is the nonprofit Vekselberg Foundation for Art and Culture that he'd set up to repatriate the historic treasures. And he served notice to his fellow tycoons that it's time for them to give back, too.

Viktor and Marina Vekselberg, and their children, Irina and Sasha, at a
reception at Sotheby's celebrating their acquisition of the Forbes Faberge
egg collection. Vekselberg plans to display the eggs at the Kremlin.
The eggs' exquisite detail can be seen in the Lillies of the Valley Egg

Photo by Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post


"Today, I am expected to be the symbol of Russia," Vekselberg said through an interpreter.
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