The party is on despite all economic woes: while the UK newspapers is concerned the income of French ski resorts might plummet due to a lack of Russian big spenders, Russian newspapers reports that record numbers of tourists marked New Year in Sochi, host to last year's Winter Olympics.
Sochi's mayor says more than 160,000 came, attracted by the improved infrastructure build before the Games. The resort is also looking forward to more Chinese visitors, as many as two million, after planned direct flights from Beijing and Changzhou are introduced this summer.
For those who stayed at home to meet 2015, the party is in full swing regardless: arriving in Moscow on New Year’s eve witnessed by a British journalist and cameraman the cheerful optimism of Muscovites, who crowded trendy bars and cafes alongside Tverskoi and Nikitsky Boulevards for corporate parties and school reunions. Getting a table in the stylish, new, over-priced and, hence, totally packed bar Fahrenheit was not easy.
Furthermore, #какойкризиc' - which translates as '#whatcrisis', is becoming a popular hashtag in Russia, says the UK newspapers. Pictures of caviar and other festive treats posted under the hashtag are becoming a growing Instagram trend, the UK newspapers says, in a story about Russian showing off their wealth untroubled by sanctions and the rouble's misfortunes.