PUTIN ON THE RITZ: Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election hardly caused a ripple among Russian retailers attending fashion shows in Paris. “We knew this was going to happen,” demurred Alla Verber, vice president of Mercury Group, likening Monday’s vote to an arranged marriage. Asked at the Stella McCartney show if there might be any impact on business prospects, she shrugged. “There will be no surprises. We’re familiar with this president,” she said, alluding to the fact that it’s Putin’s third term after spending four years as the country’s prime minister. “It’ makes no difference for us.”

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