Russian Millionaire Hurls Money Paper Planes From Office Window, Starts Riot

Midday summer sport for the 1 percent? Gawker writes:

Pavel Durov, founder of the popular Russian Facebook-alike VKontakte, took a bread-and-circuses approach to generosity over the weekend, spending time with VK’s vice president tossing paper airplanes made of money out of the company’s St. Petersburg offices.

A crowd soon formed outside the building, eager to catch every 5,000-rouble ($160) bill. As tends to happen in these situations, the scene quickly devolved into an all-out brawl. “People turned into dogs as they were literally attacking the notes,” said one eyewitness. “They broke each other’s noses, climbed the traffic lights with their prey – just like monkeys.”

For his part, the 27-year-old, whose net worth is valued at some $260 million, appeared to be enjoying the commotion, reportedly “laughing and filming” as people trampled over each other in desperation. He later claimed he was simply hoping to create “a festive atmosphere,” and stopped as soon as “people turned into animals.”

14 Comments on "Russian Millionaire Hurls Money Paper Planes From Office Window, Starts Riot"

  1. I really wish I could think of something clever to say about this situation, but my rage is preventing me from thinking clearly. WHAT A FUCKING COCKWAD.

  2. Travman1984 | Jun 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm |

    What a perfect illustration of our economics. Vampires throw scraps down to the huddled masses for their amusement. Shit’s about to get real if this is what we’re heading to.

    • Jin The Ninja | Jun 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

      not heading to- there now. we’re here, and it’s real. heading there was long a series of geo political events in which corporate economic interests became american foreign policy.

      • Travman1984 | Jun 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

        Too true. What I meant to express was how blatant they are about it now. It’s just a game for them.

        • Jin The Ninja | Jun 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm |

          absolutely. it’s become the spectacle. whereas i believe it was, for a long time, more of a sport – to see how much of this they could get away without us noticing.

  3. Mr Willow | Jun 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    And this is what it comes to: 

    Aristocrats flaunting the fact they have so much that they can throw some of it away without a second thought, and enjoying the fact that the peasants have so little that they are killing one another over the scraps being thrown to them. 

  4. he makes it rain on them hoes. 

  5. Real-life: “Millionaire throws money out of window. Eternally amused by peasant desperation. SNAFU.”

    Story I’d like to see: “Millionaire throws money out of window, starts riot, surprised and disgusted by the escalation and feeling a pang of compassion, donates $250million to the starving and desperate.”

  6. Turd Furgeson | Jun 5, 2012 at 8:24 am |

    a Russian millionaire sounds like an oxymoron

  7. Anonymous | Jun 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm |

    He did this to create a festive atmosphere yet wound up starting a riot. Sounds like a disturbing the peace and inciting public disorder charge to me.

    I say off to the slammer with him! Very illegal and unwarrented to start a riot like this, espacially for someone in his postition. 

  8. | Jun 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm |

    there’s no such thing as a $160 bill. this is so fake.

  9. DeepCough | Jun 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm |

    This is how trickle-down theory works: the rich gradually throw out pittances for the poor, and watch in amusement how the masses violently vie for such pittances.

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