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It not the first time they have been spotted all together since they have hung out a few times since 2010 – and while the model girlfriends can clearly swap runway stories – it would appear that billionaire Vlad and actor Leo have quite the bromance going on!

The beautiful luxury motor yacht Ocean Emerald   was designed by the world famous buildings architect Sir Norman Foster, who is better know for designing iconic commercial skyscapers than yachts. She is one of three dientical yachts built by Rodriguez Yachts in France and has a very futuristic design which is quite unlike any other you might spot on  the seas around the world. And while it is quite something it will set you back around $10million to buy if you have that kind of cash to spare!

The yacht clearly was of great interest to Leo since he had his camera out and was showing himself to be the keen photographer – perhaps keeping a record of his trip or even deciding as to whether it would the right kind of yacht for him to use for a holiday…

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  The OKO Group led by Russian Billionaire, Vladislav Doronin, has just announced a brand-new ultra-high-end condo project on the horizon for the South Brickell neighborhood of Downtown Miami dubbed ‘Una Residences.’

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Una Residences in Brickell is a 47-story, yacht-inspired pre-construction tower that will be instantly recognizable by the sweeping curve of its dramatic silhouette. The building’s glass surface will brilliantly reflect the dazzling sunlight, while the floor-to-ceiling windows will take advantage of a coveted setting on Biscayne Bay. Una will offer only 135 luxury residences featuring 2-5 bedrooms ranging in size from 1,098 square feet to 4,786 square feet (excluding the Una Penthouse). Each residence will offer private elevators, 10’8”+ ceilings, chef’s kitchens with Gaggenau appliances, grand master suites and expansive terraces with unobstructed water and city skyline views.

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Vlad Doronin: the Russian hotelier to the stars

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To get to Vladislav Doronin’s country house you drive 20 minutes out of central Moscow along the Rublyovskoe Highway to rural Rublyovka. This is the so-called Tsars’ Road, a route for the rich and privileged ever since it opened for horses back in the 16th century. Handsome princes, rulers and Romanovs, scientists, artists and writers kept dachas (country houses) here: Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev in the same lush, forested locale as Solzhenitsyn and Shostakovich.

These days the Rublyovka area has been somewhat gentrified. It’s now known as ‘the Russian Beverly Hills’. You could even call it ‘the Soviet Cotswolds’. Security fences, exclusive boutiques, silly-money food markets and ritzy health spas abound. Land is at Manhattan prices (costing between £26,000 and £130,000 per 100sq m), and increasing by 30 to 50 per cent year on year, depending on its proximity to properties owned by President Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev. Many of the new buildings in Rublyovka are irrefutably ghastly; vast, jingoistic McMansions constructed like faux-Gothic castles and Kardashian nightmares.

The extraordinary dacha that billionaire Russian property developer Doronin and his architect, Zaha Hadid, have built is rather different. With its sci-fi maritime lines and elevated master bedroom it looks, in turn, like Darth Vader’s country hideout or a retirement home for George Jetson. ‘I always wanted to build something with Zaha,’ Doronin tells me. ‘For me Zaha is a great architect, not just of this century but of the next century, too. She has vision. And like me, she loves Malevich.

‘I showed her photographs of the land and the trees. I said: “When I wake up, I don’t want to see any neighbours, nothing.” “Well, you’ve got to go high,” she said. “The trees are 30 metres so you have to go above the trees.” “No problem,” I said. In the restaurant she made a drawing. And that’s how we started.’ Artist Julian Schnabel and American Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley have already been weekend guests. Naomi Campbell, too, no doubt, as she and Doronin were an item for five years until 2013 when he began dating Chinese model Luo Zilin, a protégée of Campbell’s on the US reality TV model-search show The Face . ‘People are speechless, completely paralysed when they arrive at the house,’ says Doronin proudly.

The exterior was completed a couple of years ago. ‘Now we are doing the interior,’ he explains. ‘At first I tried to use a regular interior designer but it didn’t work, so we had to rip it all out and start again. Zaha is designing everything now. I have a nightclub, a pool, a spa... It’s like a mini hotel.’ As the former CEO of the Aman group (more of which later), the appointing and development of luxury hotels is, of course, something of a specialist area for this man.

Doronin has long enjoyed investing in the high-end, high-risk properties market. He was born in St Petersburg, then Leningrad, in the old Soviet Union, on 7 November 1962 — ‘the same day as the Russian Revolution, can you believe it? Every year there would be a big parade on my birthday.’ Did such pomp furnish the young Vlad with a sense of importance? ‘I think so,’ he laughs. After graduating from Moscow State University he moved to Geneva in 1985, then to Zug, Switzerland, to work as a trader for Marc Rich, aka ‘the king of commodities’. (In 2001, in an unprecedented move, Rich was officially pardoned by President Bill Clinton after being accused of 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and trading with Iran. He has since died.)

Doronin returned to Russia in the early 1990s, just as the country was beginning to boom. Sensing opportunity, he founded the Capital Group in 1993, now one of Russia’s most successful property development firms, starting off with a new Russian HQ for IBM. Over the next 20 years he amassed an estimated £1.6bn fortune in Moscow real estate. Capital Group’s portfolio now runs to more than 70 major large-scale projects — 63 successfully accomplished and eight under construction — totalling more than 70m sq ft. Forbes magazine has described him as the ‘businessman who changed Moscow for the better’. World Finance magazine ranks him among the most powerful businessmen in the world. The British press calls him the ‘Russian Donald Trump’.

But despite all this, the separated father of one (he broke up with his wife Ekaterina in 1998) is still probably best known here as the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Naomi Campbell, whom he dated (and was rumoured to be engaged to) between 2008 and 2013. How did he cope with being in such a paparazzi-magnet of a relationship — photographed on beaches and coming out of restaurants? ‘This is the kind of thing I am not happy about but… this is the life… I was in love, so what can I do?’ Rather sweetly, Ekaterina and their 18-year-old daughter Katia (currently trying to make it as an actress in Hollywood) have remained friends with Campbell since the break-up.

We meet at his London home, at the Candy Brothers’ icon to excess, One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. Staff instruct me to remove my shoes on entry. From the moment you shake his hand, you can see why a supermodel might find Doronin attractive. Well-dressed in Euro-luxe blazer and grey flannels, he’s a handsome, powerful-looking man. Tall and athletic, gently mannered; Dolph Lundgren with a touch of Will Ferrell. He is 52, and works out with a personal trainer, often at the gym in the Candy building. He plays squash and does intensive Qigong energy-training sessions. ‘Qigong is good for muscle groups and most importantly for your internal organs. Because when you’re getting old, what do you want to do?’ he asks. ‘Go longer!’ He lets out a big laugh. ‘So, shall we have a game of squash?’ I politely decline. ‘Why not? Why does no one want to play with me?’ ‘Because you’re fitter and stronger and will always win?’ I answer. He smiles.

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I pass through a hall lined with black and white photographs by Dennis Hopper and he tells me about his collection — how his friend, the New York gallery owner and dealer Tony Shafrazi, taught him about contemporary art and encouraged him to start collecting American pop art: Edward Ruscha, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons and Hopper, the actor turned photographer. ‘I met him [Hopper] many times. We became friendly. Great guy. He had a divorce and cancer. He needed money, so I helped him.’ Double doors open on to a huge sitting room decorated in five-star bachelor style. There’s a stack of vintage Interview magazines, the style bible founded by Andy Warhol. (A Warhol fan, Doronin owns the publishing rights for Interview ’s editions in Germany and Russia.) It’s all very impressive but a bit bland. Your inner Loyd Grossman might say that it lacks a woman’s touch.

Doronin represents what he calls ‘a new generation of rich Russians’ who ‘don’t want to be seen, or seen to be aggressive… want to be low-profile… who have learned a lot and now want to enjoy their lives’. The image of the wealthy, brash novi ruski throwing his weight and his money and his big yacht around Europe is, Doronin thinks, largely a media invention, a misunderstanding. ‘Personally, I don’t see that. Russians want to do everything fast, they want to do it today. Our background is we come from poor families. We get a good education but we have no money. So we work hard; 16 hours a day sometimes. We understand making money very well.’ He is, he tells me, ‘a very private man’, someone who shuns publicity, never talks to the press (indeed, a thorough Google search reveals not a single interview). So, why is he talking to me?

‘There is so much publicity about the Aman case, people speculating about who I am and what I am doing. There’s really not enough information about me, so I thought, “I have nothing to hide, so why not say the truth?” I don’t want to be a public person, but with the case going in this direction…’

‘The Aman case’ to which Doronin refers is a transatlantic, three-way, ding-dong of a legal battle that has pitched him against flamboyant American co-investor Omar Amanat, 42, and the luxury hotel group’s founder, 81-year-old Adrian Zecha. Doronin is a self-confessed Aman junkie, who had long stayed in its hotels whenever he could (Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are also fans). In 2014, he invested £235m in the purchase, with Amanat, of the 26-property Aman group, beating off a bid by French luxury goods company LVMH. But the partnership didn’t last. According to documents in the case, Doronin is alleged to have set up a photo shoot with his girlfriend, the aforementioned Luo Zilin, financed by the company without board approval (although this is denied by Doronin).

Then, in July last year, Doronin’s lawyers asked a New York City court to force Amanat to sell his share, alleging that he had committed fraud when negotiating the partnership. Amanat, who is strongly contesting the case and denies the allegations, responded by calling the lawsuit ‘a thinly veiled smear campaign’. In December the US court stayed the claim in the light of the ongoing UK litigation. In London, where Aman has an office, the High Court ruled on an interim basis that Doronin wasn’t ‘validly appointed as CEO’ and ordered him to relinquish his position temporarily, reinstating Zecha ‘until such time as a suitable successor can be found’. A legal team of some 30 people is said to be working on the case in New York and London.

Doronin remains the majority investor in the Aman group. Does he believe he will be reinstated as CEO? ‘For the moment, the court [hearing] is going to be [in 2015] and I’m quite sure I am going to win the case. It is clear,’ he says, fixing a determined stare. ‘But right now, I care mostly about the brand and we need to move forward. We have a new team and a new strategy.’ The board of directors, of which he is one, plans to expand the group, now mostly in very remote locations, to urban destinations

in Paris, London and Shanghai. The most recent opening was in Tokyo last month (until then, the only city property was in Venice). There are currently six Aman hotels under construction, two of which are rumoured to be in Croatia and the Dominican Republic. ‘The case is complicated and it is taking [up] a lot of time and energy,’ Doronin admits. ‘But it’s an interesting game, like chess. And I like to play chess. I started playing when I was a kid, and I’m pretty good.’

Why did he want to buy Aman in the first place? It seems odd that such an astute and tenacious businessman would want to take on a hotel group that runs at a tumbleweed-encouraging 30 per cent occupancy. ‘Yes, more conventional hotels run at 70 to 80 per cent. But our rate is three or four times higher than other hotels [the least expensive, non-peak-season room at the Amanzoe hotel in Greece is £612 a night]. You get great service, total peace and total relaxation. Everyone is friendly, you feel like you’re at home. It’s the best luxury chain in the world. There was an opportunity, so I bought it.’

The whole ordeal must make Doronin want to escape to his house in Ibiza or his yacht in Miami and get on with his life; hang out with his celebrity pals such as Leonardo DiCaprio, fly his helicopter, maybe find a new wife and have some more children. ‘I want to have more children and I am working hard on that, believe me. But for now I like to think of my buildings as children.’ How so? ‘When I make love, it’s like a project,’ Doronin explains, suddenly sounding rather like The Fast Show ’s Swiss Toni. ‘When I build a building, it’s like [the baby] is growing. When I install the mechanical and electrical details, make it a “smart building”, it is like giving education. Interior design is providing the clothing.’

And with that he smiles, hands me a bottle of Beluga vodka and sends me packing.

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For aficionados, Aman is much more than a hotel. It’s an experience unrivaled anywhere else. At the Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing, guests have access to a secret door that opens onto the east gate of the palace gardens. At the Aman Grand Canal in Venice, they are allowed to visit the Doge’s Palace and clock tower in St. Mark’s Square after hours.

The company has long eschewed advertising, relying largely on its elite clientele to quietly spread the word. Bill Gates has been a guest. In March, Mark Zuckerberg holidayed at the Amanraya in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Just days after Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon win, the tennis champion was married at the Aman Sveti Stefan on the Adriatic Coast in Montenegro.

As a business, Aman is considered enticing, in part because it hasn’t fulfilled its potential—producing estimated annual revenues of just $202 million and operating profits of around $45 million. Having pursued a strategy of pricey rates (rooms start at $1,500 a night), no seasonal discounting, and deliberately limited capacity, Aman has maintained its exclusivity. But occupancy runs at around 30%, compared with an average of 76% for the rest of the elite-hotel sector. As a result, Aman has seemed like a sterling-but-untapped brand that, with the right investments and strategy, could bring its profits in line with the ardor of its fans.

So last year, when DLF, India’s largest commercial real estate developer, signaled its desire to sell Aman, suitors came calling. The luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy, the private equity titans Carlyle Group and Blackstone, and a Chinese state-owned enterprise had all made moves. In the end, however, an unlikely pair—Omar Amanat, a 42-year-old American entrepreneur, and Vladislav Doronin, a Russian property mogul in his early fifties—prevailed with a bid of $358 million.

Little has been published in the English-language press about the businesses of Vladislav Doronin. Indeed, public records and even the Internet are strikingly lacking in records of his commercial interests and interactions. Doronin is often described as a Russian oligarch, a term that suggests dealings tied to political connections—a label his camp resists. “He is a self-made businessman and a gentleman,” says one associate. (Doronin declined to be interviewed, but his press and legal representatives answered questions.) The associate did offer that the billionaire is passionate about architecture, real estate, and art, adding, “He’s sporty, if you’ve seen pictures of him.” Indeed, Doronin has the muscled presence of a Dolph Lundgren.

Doronin was born in what was then Leningrad in the Soviet Union. He moved to Geneva in 1985 to work as a trader for Marc Rich, the “king of commodities,” who was infamous for fleeing the U.S. after a grand jury indicted him on some 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and trading with Iran. (President Bill Clinton pardoned Rich in a controversial 2001 decision; he died last year.)

Doronin returned to Russia in the early 1990s, just as the country was transitioning to a market economy. Over the next 25 years he amassed an estimated $2.5 billion fortune in Moscow real estate.

The public details of Doronin’s transactions may be scant, but the same cannot be said of his personal life. Referred to in the British press as the “Russian Donald Trump,” Doronin is perhaps best known as the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Naomi Campbell. Before they split in 2013, the pair were regular figures on the international party circuit, photographed aboard his yacht, as well as in a fashion shoot for Russian Vogue and at his various homes around the world.

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Is Vladislav Doronin the right man to own the Aman hotel chain? That was the question Wallpaper magazine posed in 2015 when it published an article with the headline ‘The Man for Aman?’

The introduction read: ‘From his Zaha Hadid -designed dacha, Vladislav Doronin exclusively reveals plans to transform the underperforming luxury hotel group.’ Doronin agreed to be interviewed by Wallpaper because he wanted to demonstrate he would be a worthy custodian of the quietly luxurious brand established by Adrian Zecha, which he snapped up for $358 million in 2013. I know this because I was the journalist he invited to Moscow to talk to him.

Illustration of Vladislav Doronin and Kristina Romanova have launched Aman Essentials wearing Aman branded baseball caps, and carrying Aman branded bags.

As we toured the Russian capital and Barvikha, where he built his Hadid-designed spaceship in the woods, he assured me at every turn: ‘Everybody thinks I’m going to go massive and destroy the brand. Not true. I understand that I bought a unique brand, not a financial instrument. We’re going to be very careful as we expand.’ Only once was there cause for doubt: when he described his Hadid home as ‘Russian scale!’, adding: ‘I don’t do anything small!’

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Doronin, now 60, seemed to have done enough in that interview to see off anyone tempted to dismiss him as a noviy russkii who would overexpand and damage the low-key luxe brand. As he opened hotels and branded apartments in Tokyo and the Dominican Republic, he was on a roll.

Each followed the Aman formula: unique location; small scale; authentic, often minimalist, design using local materials; the best spas; unsurpassed service (with up to a 7:1 ratio of staff to guests); guests known by name; no formal check-in and no bills to sign – ‘all of which creates a feeling that you are at home, not in a hotel ’, as Doronin likes to say. Even with prices of up to $20,000 per night for a suite, it was an easy enough ride – until he went for the big one: New York.

In the summer of 2022, Doronin opened an Aman in Manhattan . Although the rooms were quickly booked up months in advance, the hotel’s launch did not go as smoothly as he might have hoped. Construction was so far behind schedule that the first journalists he had invited to review the property had to stay elsewhere. I know this because I was one of them .

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Among those who managed to stay at the property itself, the Sunday Times reviewer noted that Trump Tower was visible from his tenth-floor room, just across Fifth Avenue. The Financial Times questioned whether it was strictly necessary to keep the gas fires burning and the underfloor heating in the bathrooms on with the air conditioning at full blast – in August. (An Aman representative told Spear’s by email that the fireplaces ‘are to create ambience and add to the overarching design of the property, not as a heat source’ and that they were not permanently switched on.)

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When I was finally welcomed to the property, I was surprised by Doronin’s decision to deny hotel guests the right to smoke a cigar on the terrace as Zecha used to – unless, that is, they joined the Aman Club. That will set you back $200,000, plus the cost of the cigar . Yes, you read that right; if you want to enjoy a crafty Cuban, you’ll have to part with the price of a studio apartment in the suburbs – even if you have no desire for any of the other benefits offered by Aman’s global membership programme. No walk-ins are allowed, either, not even for a quick coffee, unless they join the Club, too.

Controversy surrounding alleged Russian financial links

Then things got complicated. The Aspen Times reported that Doronin had retained Russian assets after the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. (Doronin has publicly condemned the Russian invasion.) The newspaper had been looking into his finances and background after it emerged that his Miami-based company OKO Group had paid $76.5 million for a single acre of land in Aspen, to begin the process of creating a luxury development. It reported that Russian and US documents showed that until 14 April 2022 he had retained a one third stake in Capital Group Development, a multimillion-dollar Russian company which the newspaper said was described in tax records held by the Federal Tax Service of Russia as involved in ‘business and management advice’. Capital Group Development was formed in 2014. 

Doronin transferred ownership of the stake to his mother, Zinaida Doronina, a Russian citizen, the newspaper reported.

The Aspen Times report might not have garnered much attention. Lots of investors were wrongfooted by Vladimir Putin’s war. But Doronin, who was born in St Petersburg (then Leningrad), had claimed that he had ‘not conducted business in Russia for many years’. Indeed, in an email to the Aspen Times sent in March 2022 his representatives stated: ‘FYI he has no involvement in Capital Group anymore (he sold it in 2013), and has not conducted any business in Russia for many years.’

Doronin repeated this when I interviewed him in New York in August 2022 – shortly before the Aspen Times revelations were published. I asked: are you still involved with Capital Group at all or not? He replied. ‘No, I sold.’ When did you sell your interests in the firm, I asked. He replied: ‘December ’13 I agree [sic] the deal and the deal closed in ’14.’

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In response to questions from the Aspen Times, Doronin lawyer Juan Morillo wrote to the newspaper on 8 April 2022 to say his client ‘has no interest in Capital Group or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates and has no ongoing businesses in Russia’. The next day, another Doronin lawyer, Nicholas Inns, added: ‘We can confirm that Mr Doronin has no present interest in any Capital Group entity.’ The paper noted that ‘none of those emails mentioned Capital Group Development’, the Russian entity in which Doronin would hold a stake until April 2022.

When Doronin and I spoke in New York last year, he was at pains to distance himself from the land of his birth. He told me he renounced his citizenship of the Soviet Union in 1986 before moving to Hong Kong , and became a Swedish citizen four years later. ‘I’ve never held a Russian passport. I live in the West,’ he said. He also told me he had sold his Hadid home just outside Moscow, one of the world’s most extravagant private residences, to ‘a Russian individual’, although he wouldn’t reveal who this was.

Then, last month it emerged that Aman Group received a $900 million investment from, among others, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, a move that may draw further attention.

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All these developments may again prompt observers to ask – as Wallpaper magazine did in 2015 – is Doronin ‘the man for Aman?’, a brand started as a small 40-room hotel in Phuket called Amanpuri and celebrated for its understated, intelligent luxury. Might it now be sacrificed on the altar of commerce?

There may be clues in New York. When Zecha launched Aman it didn’t reach for low-hanging fruit by selling branded goods, but in Aman New York there is an Aman Essentials store with Aman clothing and accessories to buy. The Kendall Roy-style caps come with an Aman ‘A’ logo, and some bags come with a giant embossed ‘AMAN’ logo.

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Ready-to-wear clothes are part of the next bold phase of product development, says Kristina Romanova, chief executive of Aman Essentials. ‘It is our ambition to go beyond the hotel doors and be a standalone luxury retail business,’ Romanova recently told Vogue Business. She described the enterprise’s competitive set as ‘Hermès – classic, timeless design’. Romanova also told Vogue she is plotting aggressive growth – forecasting 162 per cent revenue growth for 2022, following a 200 per cent surge in 2021.

London-based Aman Essentials is 50 per cent owned by Aman and 50 per cent by Romanova. The former model is also Doronin’s girlfriend, 31 years his junior and the mother of their two children.

Doronin, who was born and raised in the Soviet Union, later making his fortune in commodities and real estate in Russia in the 2000s, has engaged lawyers in the past when he has been the subject of press attention. So Spear’s asked Aman directly (see below)…

We asked Aman…

Why did Mr Doronin claim he had not conducted business in Russia for many years, when documents show he had retained a one third stake in Capital Group Development until it was subsequently sold in April 2022?

Aman replied: ‘Mr Doronin made the decision to exit Capital Group in late 2013 and negotiated the terms of the sale with his partners in 2014. He has done no business in Russia since. Capital Group Development LLC was an entity established in 2014 to hold and divest the low-value legacy assets. He exercised no control nor management, nor undertook any active investment or action related to that entity.’

Why did Mr Doronin decide to transfer ownership of his stake in Capital Group Development to his mother?

Aman replied: ‘He transferred his minority stake to his mother in 2022 because of the recent changes in Russian laws that prohibited non-Russian citizens, like Mr Doronin, from owning certain assets in that country.’

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Did Mr Doronin retain any Russian business interests or holdings following the transfer of ownership of his stake in Capital Group Development to his mother?

Aman replied: ‘No.’

What experience and qualifications does Ms Romanova have that make her the right person for the role with Aman Essentials?

Aman replied: ‘Ms Romanova joined Aman in 2020, bringing over a decade of expertise within the fashion and beauty industries to drive forward Aman’s brand extensions. These include Aman Skincare, Aman Fine Fragrance, and most recently, the launch of the brand’s first ready-to-wear and leather goods collections.’

Is Mr Doronin still the right man to run Aman?

Aman replied: ‘Mr Doronin’s leadership and vision continues to take the Aman brand from strength to strength, visible through the company’s performance and client feedback. The latest evaluation [sic] of Aman Group is $3 billion.’ 

This piece first appeared in issue 88 of Spear’s, available now.  Click here to buy a copy and subscribe

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By julia echikson march 14, 2022 5:03 pm.

Even as the U.S. government crushes the Russian economy with sanctions in response to the invasion of Ukraine, Miami’s real estate industry is unlikely to feel much pain, at least not directly. 

While a few oligarchs have parked their money in lavish oceanfront homes, they do not reflect the city’s main buyer pool. Today, domestic shoppers are fueling the luxury market to new heights. And Miami’s most prominent so-called Russian developer, Vladislav Doronin , says he’s not even Russian. 

The Magic City may be notorious for money laundering, but the U.S. government can’t target everyone with Russian ties who’s working inside the country. The government “needs a bonafide reason” to sanction someone, which could include close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin , activity with its government, or illegal conduct said Robert Appleton , who now works in private practice, but spent over a decade at the Justice Department , prosecuting and investigating crimes relating to sanctions violations. 

Miami had long relied on foreign buyers — primarily from Latin America — but the pandemic locked them out. Only four years ago, international shoppers accounted for half of the total dollars made from residential deals, according to a report from the MIAMI Association of Realtors . Last year, barred from entering the country because of COVID-19, their share plummeted to 14 percent.     

Americans, notably New Yorkers, filled the void, buying into the Florida dream of year-round sunshine, pro-business policies and low taxes. Domestic buyers drove the residential market to new records. Last year, the average price of both a house and condominium in Miami-Dade County rose by 30 percent, reaching $1.2 million and nearly $700,000 , respectively.

Of the international customers that purchased real estate in Miami last year, Russians barely registered. Latin American countries as well as Canada and Spain held the top 10 spots. 

Even Miami’s “Little Moscow” is looking less Russian these days. Sunny Isles Beach, a town just north of Miami Beach, is known for its soaring luxury condos that wealthy Russians have snapped up, giving rise to the town’s nickname. And yet, much like the Miami region, Russians have been less visible in the Sunny Isles market in recent years. Gil Dezer , who has developed some of the island’s iconic oceanfront condominiums, has relied on Latin American buyers to sell out his projects.

“The Latins are here,” Dezer said at a Commercial Observer event in March. International buyers, typically from Latin America, come to Miami when their country undergoes political turmoil. 

“I remember when [Hugo] Chavez was taking power, the Venezuelans ran out. From there, we got hit with the Brazilian in the late 2010s,” Dezer said. As he prepares to launch sales for his Bentley -branded condo in Sunny Isles later this month, Dezer is seeing an uptick among Mexican buyers. The next customer base he’s banking on are Peruvians and Chileans. No mention of Russians. 

Miami’s not-so Russian developer

On the developer scene, attention has turned to Vladislav Doronin , who’s behind the hottest office tower in Miami, 830 Brickell , as well as a trio of luxury waterfront condo projects. 

The developer has had strong ties to Russia; Doronin was born in St. Petersburg during the Soviet era and left the country in 1986 for Switzerland, where he worked for controversial businessman Marc Rich in the commodities sector. He returned to Russia seven years later, founding the Capital Group . Under his leadership, the firm became one of Moscow’s most prominent developers. Because of those links, he has occasionally been referred to as a Russian oligarch. 

But Doronin says he’s neither Russian nor an oligarch. A spokesperson for Doronin told Commercial Observer that since he left the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991, he’s never been a Russian citizen. Instead, he holds European citizenship, though the representative declined to name the country for privacy reasons. 

His spokesperson said he’s never held a stake in a company that was once owned by the U.S.S.R. or the Russian Federation — the general criteria for being a Russian oligarch. Doronin has also not appeared on the U.S. or European Union’s sanctions list. Nor is he featured on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny ’s list of the 35 tycoons closest to Putin.

Doronin further severed ties with Russia in 2014, when he sold his stake in the Capital Group, according to his representative, who declined to further comment on the details of the sale because the company remains private. 

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Doronin has gone to great lengths to distance himself from Russia. After The Real Deal published articles about pro-Ukrainian protests near one of his Manhattan properties, Doronin sued the publication for defamation, claiming the articles falsely stated that he was Russian and implied that he supported Putin’s regime. The developer is seeking at least $20 million in damages. A representative for The Real Deal declined to comment. 

After the articles came out, Doronin issued a statement , saying that he denounced “Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and fervently wished for peace.”

Since leaving Russia, Doronin has turned to the West. As he exited Capital Group, he bought the high-end Aman resort chain, which is based in Switzerland, for $358 million in 2014. Through his U.S-based company, OKO Group , Doronin launched several luxury projects in Miami, where he also resides. 

The building 830 Brickell, a joint venture with London-based Cain International , is undoubtedly the crown jewel of Doronin’s Miami portfolio. It’s the only office tower erected over the past decade in Miami. As companies migrated to Florida during the pandemic, many inked office leases at 830 Brickell, which is slated for completion later this year. The 55-story project garnered so much interest that its leasing brokers raised rates to $100 a foot, a first in Miami, putting it on par with New York.

Besides the office tower, Doronin is developing a slew of luxury condos, including an Aman -branded tower, Una Residences and Missoni Baia. The Aman project began as a joint venture with Len Blavatnik , who’s now facing scrutiny for having sold his stake in an oil company to the Russian government in 2013.

Even developments with links to sanctioned individuals are likely to come out largely unscathed. The government would be reluctant to disrupt a project under construction because of third parties and partners involved, said Thomas Lehman , an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and insolvency issues relating to real estate. It would likely freeze the profits meant for the targeted individual, allowing the construction to continue. 

“It’s one thing to [halt] the construction of a project that’s not completed, which has hundreds of agreements with innocent third parties. It’s another thing to seize somebody’s yacht that’s owned by a Cayman Islands company,” Lehman said.

Julia Echikson can be reached at [email protected] .  

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Andrew Travers thought he had assurances that his beloved newspaper, The Aspen Times, would let him do his job.

That job: Rebuild the paper’s credibility by publishing two opinion columns that had been withheld by upper management as the Times negotiated a settlement with a Swedish billionaire, who sued the newspaper in April over its characterization of his past business dealings in Russia.

So Travers, the newly minted editor-in-chief, published the columns along with a series of internal emails about why the articles had been killed. The Times’ publisher, Allison Pattillo, had supported his decision, Travers said. He said he only agreed to take the top job believing there would no further restrictions on what he could and couldn’t publish.

But a day after publishing the columns and emails, they were removed from the Aspen Times’ website.

Scott Stanford, regional publisher for the Times’ parent company, Ogden Newspapers, asked Travers last Friday to meet him in the conference room.

The conversation was brief. Travers said he was fired and told to leave the building.

“If people with the money or the power to intimidate a news organization can do that and silence public discourse over something as small as this, what does that say about the state of press freedom in the U.S.?” Travers told The Denver Post.

The editor’s firing marks the latest upheaval in a tumultuous time for the 141-year-old mountain newspaper. News staff already had been highly critical of management’s handling of the lawsuit, including the decision not to publish a story about it.

Last month, the paper’s top editor, David Krause, resigned , citing new management in addition to a health scare. Travers? Gone after less than a week on the job.

And the columnist at the center of all this? Roger Marolt resigned after Travers’ firing — and the paper didn’t run his farewell column Friday.

“It makes me sick,” Marolt told The Post on Thursday. “It’s terrible.”

The lawsuit, and the subsequent fallout and editorial shakeups, prompted one Aspen City Council member this week to sound the alarm over the paper’s management. The city’s mayor previously expressed dismay at the paper’s decision to withhold stories about developer Vladislav Doronin and his controversial plans for land he bought at the base of Aspen Mountain.

“If something is wrong, you all must do something to stop it,” Councilman Ward Hauenstein said during a Tuesday night meeting , pleading with Aspen’s wealthy residents to put in an offer for the paper. “The owner of one of our newspapers may be a bad fit for Aspen. We value truth and freedom. These values are being stolen from us. They were sold to the highest investor.”

Allison Pattillo, the Times’ publisher, said in an email that she “approved the concept” of Marolt’s story last week but didn’t read it before publication.

“Me not asking more questions or asking to read the piece was a mistake I regret,” she wrote.

Stanford said he couldn’t comment on Travers’ firing, but he defended both the decision to kill Marolt’s columns and the handling of Doronin’s lawsuit.

“As a newspaper, we have a responsibility when someone raises a concern about our content to take that concern seriously, review it and, if it is unfair, inaccurate and not based on facts that are already established, then we should evaluate what steps we should take,” Stanford told The Post on Thursday.

That might include “editing, modifying or, in some cases, deleting content that we deem doesn’t live up to those standards,” he said. “That’s not suppressing free speech — that’s ensuring we do our jobs responsibly.”

Doronin, a Swedish citizen living in Switzerland, sued the Aspen Times last month in federal court, saying the paper defamed him by wrongly portraying him as a corrupt Russian oligarch amid that country’s war on Ukraine. Doronin was born in the Soviet Union and built his fortune in Moscow’s real estate scene, but previously renounced his Soviet citizenship and later divested his dealings in the country.

At the heart of the controversy is a nearly one-acre parcel of land that Doronin’s company, OKO Group, purchased in March for $76.25 million at the base of Aspen’s ski mountain.

The Times’ editorial board skewered the unexpected sale to an out-of-town developer. The paper published a news story about the purchase, initially referring to Doronin as an oligarch before later removing the reference.

In a subsequent opinion piece , columnist John Colson compared Doronin to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich — who he said also owns property in Aspen — and insinuated that the pair might have worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As the Ogden Newspapers negotiated a settlement with Doronin, Stanford and the paper’s attorneys opted against publishing two Marolt columns that discussed the Aspen Mountain development as well as the columnist’s concerns over what he viewed as the paper capitulating to wealthy interests.

“What demoralizes me is not that I worked for hours on a piece to get it right, that I was proud of, that will never see the light of day,” Marolt wrote in the May 4 column that got blocked by management. “It’s because there was no reason it shouldn’t see the light of day other than because it might raise a rich guy’s eyebrows who has a team of attorneys on speed dial.”

In 19 years as a columnist, Marolt said, he only had one other story pulled — and that it was ultimately his call. Now he’s had three canned in a month.

“That’s three spikes and I’m out,” Marolt told The Post.

Stanford said he viewed Marolt’s columns as “disruptive to our talks with Doronin’s team” as they negotiated a settlement. The pieces, he said, were not viewed as essential.

“It was a continuation of the fruit of a poisoned tree,” he said.

Ultimately, the Times reached a settlement with Doronin. Stanford said the newspaper agreed to tweak a few stories.

After learning Travers had been fired, Marolt said he couldn’t in good conscience write again for the Aspen Times, a paper he used to sell for a dime as a 12-year-old growing up in the mountain town. He will soon be publishing his weekly column in the competing Aspen Daily News.

“I cried several times over the weekend,” Marolt said. “I think my wife thought I was having a nervous breakdown. It was a punch in the gut to me.”

“This is a columnist in a resort town writing about hotel development,” he said. “It’s not the Pentagon Papers. This is pretty basic stuff in terms of what a newspaper columnist expects to do in a town like Aspen.”

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He's got some guts! Leonardo DiCaprio shows off a growing paunch as he holidays on billionaire friend Vladislav Doronin's yacht

By Jason Chester

Published: 15:08 EST, 7 August 2013 | Updated: 09:37 EST, 8 August 2013

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You need some guts to have a go at the unique brand of water sports Leonardo Dicaprio’s been indulging in this week.

And so it proved when the 38-year-old actor revealed a blossoming paunch after peeling off his top on Wednesday.

DiCaprio and current girlfriend Toni Garnn are currently soaking up the sun in Ibiza, where they’ve been staying with the Titanic star’s billionaire friend Vladislav Doronin.

Leonardo DiCaprio reveals a definite paunch as he lets a friend tie his hair into a ponytail in Ibiza on Wednesday

Hair-raising: Leonardo DiCaprio reveals a definite paunch as he lets a friend tie his hair into a ponytail in Ibiza on Wednesday

Let's have a look: It seems that Leo needed some medical attention after his flyboarding session

Let's have a look: It seems that Leo needed some medical attention after his flyboarding session

But rather than indulge in some of the late night delights Ibiza has to offer, the group have been relaxing on Doronin’s luxurious yacht, where DiCaprio was recently spotted having fun on a Flyboard.

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Indeed, the bearded actor looked like he was rehearsing for one of the forthcoming Star Wars films as he lifted off with the futuristic looking device – a water jet propulsion pack that gives the user the ability to seemingly hover in mid-air.

Shortly after letting his increasingly long hair down with the board on Wednesday DiCaprio pulled off his top to reveal a torso desperately in need of toning as he sat back, a female pal appearing to tie his knotted locks into a short ponytail.

Leonardo and current girlfriend Toni Garnn (not pictured) have been holidaying on close friend Vladislav Doronin's yacht on the party island

Special guests: Leonardo and current girlfriend Toni Garnn (not pictured) have been holidaying on close friend Vladislav Doronin's yacht on the party island

Toni Garnn has been enjoying a sunshine break in Ibiza with boyfriend Leonardo Dicaprio

New girl: Toni Garnn has been enjoying a sunshine break in Ibiza with boyfriend Leonardo Dicaprio

The Hollywood star was later seen on the top-deck, gazing out at the water with a thoughtful expression on his face while an attractive female pal sunned herself in a mismatched bikini.

It's possible that he was reflecting on his current romance with Garnn - the 21-year-old German model who recently became the latest in a long line of Victoria's Secret Angels.

Despite the 17-year age gap the pair appear to be getting on well during their current break - whenever DiCaprio can tear himself away from the Flyboard, that is.  

Don't mind me: Leonardo takes to the air on the futuristic looking Flyboard

Don't mind me: Leonardo takes to the air on the futuristic looking Flyboard

Leonardo appears to walk on water with the impressive contraption

The second coming: Leonardo appears to walk on water with the impressive contraption

The actor is waist deep in water after another go on the Flyboard

That sinking feeling: The actor is waist deep in water after another go on the Flyboard

The Wolf of Wall Street actor was first seen flying through the air  on the nifty piece of watersports equipment on Wednesday.

Dressed in a pair of swimming shorts and a white T-shirt, he seemed to be loving every minute of it.

Although the actor is clearly a thrill-seeker he was also sensible, wearing a helmet and a life jacket.

Leonardo's adrenaline-inducing experience was largely thanks to Doronin, who has the water sports ride onboard his yacht.

Thrill-seeker: Leonardo DiCpario was seen propelling himself into the air, thanks to a pair of jet pack shoes in the sea in Ibiza on Wednesday

Thrill-seeker: Leonardo DiCpario was seen propelling himself into the air, thanks to a pair of jet pack shoes in the sea in Ibiza on Wednesday

Action man: The 38-year-old star was seen enjoying himself on the unusual water ride

Action man: The 38-year-old star was seen enjoying himself on the unusual water ride

Boys toys: The women in the party were pictured sunbathing as Leo prepared to go on the jet

Boys toys: The women in the party were pictured sunbathing as Leo prepared to go on the jet

Leo, Toni and Doronin have been joined by Doronin's new girlfriend Luo Zilin, who is also a model as well as runner-up in Miss Universe.

While the star and the men on the trip faffed around with their new toy, the girls were seen sunbathing making the most of the good weather.

But after Leo made his way into the water the women gathered around the back of the boat and were even seen taking pictures.

Getting ready for action: Leo was seen preparing for the ride by putting on a life jacket and a helmet

Getting ready for action: Leo was seen preparing for the ride by putting on a life jacket and a helmet

Look at him go: The other guests who were spending time on Vladimir's Doronin boat, made their way to the back as Leo took to the sea

Look at him go: The other guests who were spending time on Vladimir's Doronin boat, made their way to the back as Leo took to the sea

Living dangerously? Leo appeared to rub cream into his arm after his flyboarding session

Living dangerously? Leo appeared to rub cream into his arm after his flyboarding session

The pair reportedly hooked-up at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and the multi-millionaire superstar has been enjoying showing his new romantic interest around Europe this summer.

Leonardo has enjoyed an amazing summer so far visiting nightclubs, museums and the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

In June, he whisked Toni away to Venice, Monaco and then to France, where they took in sights like the Palace of Versailles.

Playing up to the crowds: Leo had the guests captivated and some were even taking pictures

Playing up to the crowds: Leo had the guests captivated and some were even taking pictures

Getting cocky: As well as flying through the air Leo was seen driving into the water

Getting cocky: As well as flying through the air Leo was seen driving into the water

Over he goes: Leo took to the water while a yacht crew member floated on a jet ski nearby

Over he goes: Leo took to the water while a yacht crew member floated on a jet ski nearby

Toni is the latest in a long line of lingerie models that the film star has dated and got her big break when she landed a Calvin Klein campaign back in 2008.

Before heading to Ibiza the pair were spotted at an upscale Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills last month where Leo gave two thumbs up as the couple left the restaurant.

Of course, this isn't the first young model he has dated. In fact, he's gained quite the reputation as a modeliser over the years.

Gisele Bundchen, Erin Heatherton and Bar Refaeli are just some of the stunning, blonde supermodels who have dated the Great Gatsby star, while actress Blake Lively was also famously linked to the Oscar-nominee in 2011.

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Vladislav Doronin OKO Group: Real Estate Trends for 2023

Vladislav Doronin, OKO Group CEO, founder, and chairman, leads a real estate development company that has overseen the creation of numerous landmark buildings across Miami and several other US cities, including Missoni Baia, a collection of luxury condominiums created in partnership with the Missoni family. From AI and VR to affordable housing, this article will provide an overview of some of the most prominent real estate development trends in 2023.

Fractional Ownership

Fractional investment is nothing new in real estate, with investors using real estate investment trusts (REITs), syndication, and other forms of partnership to own shares in real estate assets for decades. However, the advancement of PropTech is accelerating this trend in a way that some suggest could pave the way for the democratization of the real estate market.

Historically, even with fractional ownership, investors needed a significant amount of capital in order to get started. However, a rising number of PropTech platforms are enabling investors to gain a foothold in the real estate market with much smaller sums.

Rental Growth Across Major Real Estate Sectors

Macro trends have impacted different sectors in different ways, yielding varying results in terms of rent growth, but by and large, rent prices have continued on an upward trajectory.

Over the last year, multifamily properties saw a 2.5% increase in rent growth, which was the lowest growth level seen since early 2021, according to a report from Dealpath. Meanwhile, offices saw even lower growth at 0.9%. However, industrial rents saw a healthy growth rate, topping 10.3%, while warehouses reached an impressive 11.7%.

Streamlining of Processes

One of the biggest benefits of the boom in real estate technology is its scope to enhance efficiency, enabling real estate agents, property managers, investors, brokers, lenders, sellers, and homebuyers to automate many routine responsibilities, allowing them to complete tasks more efficiently than ever before.

Shifting Population Demographics

Around the world, homeowner and renter priorities are shifting, triggering changes in local populations. In many countries, migration to cities in the search for better job prospects and amenities is predicted to pre-empt a staggering rise in urban development. Meanwhile, aging populations could have a significant impact on healthcare real estate trends throughout 2023 and beyond.

Today, many workers are migrating to large cities to secure better job opportunities. In addition, there has also been a push towards secondary cities as remote workers abandon downtown areas and move to surrounding towns, enabling them to achieve the best of both worlds – enjoying a quiet life in the suburbs while still maintaining easy access to urban spaces.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are increasingly being deployed across the real estate sector following a huge acceleration in their adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic. With lockdowns, social distancing guidelines, and public health concerns effectively causing real-world viewings to grind to a halt at the height of the pandemic, forward-looking estate agents innovated, embracing VR and AR technologies and presenting prospective buyers with the opportunity to engage in virtual tours from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Virtual viewings pose huge benefits for buyers, sellers, and agents alike, enabling homebuyers to get a feel for what it would be like to live in a property without the need to visit the location in person. Even in a post-COVID-19 world, experts predict that the use of VR and AR real estate technologies will continue to expand, particularly in the rental market, enabling landlords and short-term rental hosts to provide virtual tours to attract new renters.

Affordable Housing

In many countries today, demand for affordable housing far outstrips supply, forcing developers to come up with creative new ways to increase affordable housing stock, such as:

  • Mixed-income properties
  • Adaptive reuse of buildings and modular construction
  • Unique capital solutions
  • The use of historic tax credit

The World Economic Forum warns that with an urgent need to boost housing affordability and production, the cost of inaction could result in a deep social crisis and even civil unrest. With a lack of affordable housing predicted to reduce the metro GDP by $1.6 billion annually in London alone, policymakers all over the world are coming under increased pressure to tackle the global shortage of affordable homes.

AI-Enhanced Analytics

Advancements in AI are revolutionizing the real estate sector, enabling property investors to find and analyze deals at a speed and rate that was unimaginable until relatively recently. Enabled by AI and big data, these advancements could be accelerated further still once quantum computing gets into its stride, with experts predicting that the quantum computing market value will top $1.7 billion in 2026 and some suggesting that this is just the tip of the iceberg according to Forbes.

Although quantum computing is still in its relative infancy, with only limited applications in real estate currently, its potential is vast, prompting a rising tide of PropTech start-ups to apply quantum in their algorithms as the technology develops.

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You and your dog will learn more in one week (or longer!) than you ever thought possible!

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Fun Paw Care has the best dog trainer Los Angeles parents and dogs can wag a tail at according to:

  • Dr. Jane Goodall, many certified behavior experts, and other famous dog trainers in Los Angeles and all over the country
  • Dogs we’ve trained
  • Dog parents
  • Other pets – even the cats! (Dog-cat peacemaking is one of our many talents.)
  • Dog parents’ family, friends, neighbors, and dog park pals
  • Veterinarians here in Los Angeles California and all over the country
  • News outlets’ and magazines’ Chief Dog Correspondents
  • Humane societies and dog rescue organizations

Overview of Fun Paw Care’s Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer Los Angeles Options

(Jump Down List) 

  • Option 1: Dog Boot Camp (Boarding & Training)
  • Option 2: Dog Behavior Modification, Troubleshooting & Obedience Training (Members Only)
  • Option 3: Online Dog Training Classes & Answers to All Pet Questions
  • Dog Training FAQs

We hope to get to know you and your dog(s) and earn your trust and your dog’s bark of approval. As a dog behavior expert and dog trainer of 30+ years, Certified Dog Trainer, Behaviorist and Nutritionist, Russell Hartstein can strengthen your dog-human bond and teach you how to solve your dog’s behavior problems.

Russell’s wide range of positive reinforcement dog training services includes  Dog Board and Train (Dog Boarding and Training Boot Camo), Puppy Training , Behavior Modification Consultations and long-term Obedience Training.  Russell offers dog training services throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.

Things you can expect  less of include, dog aggression , dog biting , dog barking , dog separation anxiety , dog potty training accidents, leash pulling, general destruction of property, and dog behavior problems . Things you can expect more of include peace and quiet, mellow playtime, relaxing walks, better dog habits, better sleep for both of you, improved communication, and a deeper loving bond and understanding of your best friend.

Contact Fun Paw Care to see what the best dog trainer in LA can do for you.

Read on to find out more about each of our 3 specific dog training services.

The Standard of Dog Training in Los Angeles

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Option 1: Dog Boot Camp Los Angeles (Board and Train)

(In Russell’s five-acre fully fenced private dog boarding school near you)

Our  Los Angeles Dog Boot Camp  (Boarding and Training) is designed for dogs that require extra work in certain problem areas or that have special needs. Our Dog Boot Camp lasts for a week or longer. Boot Camp is designed for extra busy dog parents that don’t have either the time, expertise, or skill to work with their dog and want a Certified Dog Behaviorist, Trainer, and Nutritionist to do most of the heavy lifting.  

Option 2: Dog Trainer Los Angeles Behavior Modification, Troubleshooting & Obedience Training Near You

(In a dog parent’s home) If you are at your wit’s end and need a dog behavioral problem solved, you have come to the right place. As Certified Los Angeles dog trainers and behaviorists, we use the science of learning, ethology (the study of species-specific behavior), and cognitive ethology to help our clients compassionately and gently improve their dogs’ behavior and emotion.

Our Behavior Modification service is appropriate for aggressive dog training and all dog behavior issues, from mild to serious types of dog behavior problems and disorders. Our methods are humane, non-confrontational, Fear-Free Certified, and designed to decrease household stress and improve the human-dog bond.

We use non-aversive, positive reinforcement dog training and gentle methods to improve your dog’s behavior. We show parents how to recognize, handle and modify their body language, behavior, energy, and environment in ways that help your dog learn at the fastest rate possible.

Russell uses Clicker/Marker training which is an operant conditioning method that creates a reward-based relationship between dog and dog parent. We recommend this advanced method for all pets, especially dogs that demonstrate nervous tendencies or those that need to build confidence and independence. It is also great for teaching fun skills and advanced obedience tricks such as Sit, Stay, Sit – Stay, Down, Down – Stay, Stand. Stand-Stay, Recalls, Loose Leash Walking, Heeling, Play Dead, Drop-It and Leave It.

We use an evidence-based approach, gentle and force-free methods, and positive reinforcement. These combine operant conditioning, classical conditioning, counter-conditioning, desensitization, and habituation, all of which help remedy mild and severe cases of fear aggression in dogs. 

Our approach also remedies dog behavior problems like:

  • Dog biting, nipping, growling, lunging, snarling, etc.
  • Dog barking
  • Dog potty training
  • Leash pulling
  • Destructive behavior, indoors or outdoors
  • Begging for food (like during mealtime)
  • Bolting out the door
  • Jumping on people
  • Over-arousal
  • Dog aggression (dog-dog, dog-cat, and dog-human)
  • Territorial aggression
  • Resource guarding (toys, food, bed, room, parent, etc.)
  • General anxiety
  • Dog fear, anxiety, stress and phobias of noises, people, other animals, objects, storms and/or walks
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder, separation distress, isolation distress and similar problems when left home alone or with another person
  • Obsessions/Canine Compulsive Disorder (e.g. balls, dog toys, vacuums, shadows, dogs, cats, squirrels, etc.)
  • Wheel phobias (bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, cars, etc.)
  • Noise phobias and all types of dog fear, anxiety, stress, and arousal.
  • All canine cognitive and emotional issues
  • New pet consultations (dog-dog, dog-human, & dog-cat introductions)

In addition, we will show you:

  • How to detect signs of stress and aggression in dogs
  • How to stop dog aggression before it starts
  • How to solve leash aggression in dogs (aka leash reactivity)
  • How to stop pet aggression towards other animals
  • How to solve dog food aggression
  • How to solve resource guarding
  • How to stop your dog from chasing the mailman, UPS driver, etc.
  • How to solve dog behavior problems

Dog Trainer in Los Angeles Prerequisite (in a dog parent’s home):

  • Completed at least one week of Boot Camp (Board and Train)
  • Enrolled in Russell’s exclusive Members-only Club

*In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed dog training and behavior analysis plan with abundant supporting resources

*Members Only

Option 3: Online Dog Trainer Classes & Answers to All Pet Questions

(Online, one-on-one with Russell)

Whether you live in Greater Los Angeles, live elsewhere, or travel a lot, the best dog trainer is only as far as your device of choice.  Fun Paw Care’s Fear-Free Certified Dog Trainer, Behaviorist, and Nutritionist, Russell Hartstein can meet all of your dog training and behavioral needs through an online dog training session. We offer remote classes via phone or video chat . Russell will walk you through the same steps that he would if he were in your home doing a private one-on-one dog training or behavior modification session.

1 Hour – $495

(In addition to the one-hour session, you receive a detailed dog training and behavior analysis plan, with abundant supporting resources.)

*Platinum Club Members receive complimentary Phone/Video Consultations

Los Angeles Dog Trainer FAQs

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Are dogs too young or too old to train?

My dog is fearful and aggressive to other dogs on walks, in the park, and in my office.  can we meet at the park where my dog is reactive instead of our home, what is a certified fear-free los angeles dog trainer, where will my dog be trained, does online dog obedience training work, can you train my dog as a service dog.

Contrary to popular belief, older dogs CAN learn new tricks. Dogs are never too old or too young to train.

Of course, training a more mature older dog differs from training a puppy. Your dog will need special attention from a certified dog trainer.

Our dog obedience training boot camps are perfect for mature dogs and puppies and for any dog who has picked up the kinds of habits you just can’t live with anymore. The program is customized to your family and dog’s needs, personality, and specific behavior problems. Once your dog receives Russell’s obedience training, Dog Training Boot Camp or Puppy Boot Camp in Los Angeles, you and your dog will be able to enjoy the loving, frustration-free relationship you’ve been hoping for.

No, I do not recommend meeting in the park or any other environment besides your home for several reasons.

You and your dog would be set up for failure and the session would be a waste of your time and money.

You never want to allow a dog to rehearse an inappropriate behavior.  Meeting in an environment where your dog is over-aroused, stimulated or triggered is the worst place to start training and learning for people and dogs.

Dog Training is analogous to our K -12 schooling.  Your dog (and parents) need to begin learning in kindergarten to build fundamentals and foundational training methods and protocols in the most familiar, non-distracting environment before even considering exposing your dog to a highly distracting Ph.D. course, such as a dog park or where they are triggered. Without a very strong conditioned history of foundational behavior work and desensitization and counterconditioning, a dog and parent will be set up for failure.  And if you’re coming to me for behavior and training help, you and your dog are most likely not ready for those environments.

Also, because your home environment is so critical and affects all aspects of your dog’s behavior and is vital to any behavior inside or outside of the home, it is mandatory to see and work with your dog in your home first in order to assess your skills and your dogs before even thinking about upping the level to a distracting environment.

In our private positive reinforcement dog training session in your home, we will cover a tremendous amount of information, from A to Z about dogs. For example, you will learn about a dog’s behavior and training, learning theory, body language, husbandry, cognition, emotion, physiology, nutrition, socialization, and enrichment.

Lastly, because about 80% of the first session is geared specifically towards the parents it is imperative we have a comfortable place to speak and for you the parents to learn in as well as your dog.

A Certified Fear-Free Los Angeles Dog Trainer is a professional dog trainer who is Certified by Fear-Free Pets.

Fear-Free Pets is an animal training certificate program that focuses on training dogs through the use of positive reinforcement, as well as through a thorough understanding of a dog’s emotion, cognition, genetics, while also focusing on proper husbandry, gentling (handling), and antecedent arrangement (environment).

It’s also designed to help relieve a dog’s fear, anxiety, and stress in general, which can make training efforts more successful and curb anxiety-based problem behaviors.

Working with Fun Paw Care means taking advantage of a humane and effective dog training program. We want to be productive, but we also want to make the experience fun and positive for your dog. The positive reinforcement dog training your dog (and family) receives ensures that he or she is happy and eager to listen to your requests throughout training.

It depends on the training program you choose. In Russell’s  Dog Boot Camp Los Angeles training camp, he brings dogs on-site overnight for dog training and behavior modification. But Russell also offers puppy and dog training in LA and all over Greater Los Angeles for Club Members.  Russell provides exclusive one-on-one, private LA dog training in the comfort of your home working together to get the best results or on Fun Paw Care’s dog training and behavior ranch.

You can also obedience-train your dog and troubleshoot dog behavior issues with Russell even if you don’t live near Los Angeles. We offer Phone/Zoom/Skype dog training consultations so you can take advantage of Russell’s pet expertise from anywhere in the world.

Dog obedience training videos don’t work very well, but one-on-one consultations with certified dog trainers work wonderfully. You receive training right alongside your dog in real-time, which helps you interact better with your pup in the future.

We walk you through each dog training exercise while you physically perform the exercise with your dog in your home. We’re also on-hand to help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise, or help you address any concerns you may encounter.  

Absolutely. We train mobility dogs, hearing dogs,  psychiatric service dogs and (PSD) and PTSD dogs , and non-service dogs such as  emotional support dogs , and  therapy dogs .

Testimonials

Dr. jane goodall.

Russell is a gifted trainer. Thank you for your dedication and compassion for training and helping homeless dogs.

TED Talks Founders, Vanessa Wurman, & family

…Russell is sweet and very effective when handling my very different dogs and I have seen amazing dog training and behavior results since their introduction. If you are looking for someone who has the utmost respect for your animal, is prompt and courteous, and values education and safety above all else, Fun Paw Care is the last place you need to look.

Steve Guttenberg

Russell is not only one of my dearest friends, but the guru of dog training, behavior and all things dog!

Alan Faena & Ximena Caminos

Thank you so much Russell for your help and dog magic!

With gratitude

Naomi Campbell & Vladislav Doronin

Thank you for all of your help and the best dog training…Brilliant! Love and Light

Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union

Thank you so much for your dog training and behavior services. We really appreciate your generous dog training donation to our event and foundation.

The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb & family

You are so impressive; I cannot believe how much you know about dogs and how fast the dogs are learning. Thank you for training our dogs and helping us!

Dr. Mike Tenzer, VCA Animal Hospital

I’ve not seen a trainer with his level of experience and ability in my almost 20 years of practice in South Florida. For the people and pets that make up the VCA Animal Hospital family, there’s no one we trust more with dog training, care and behavior issues than Russell and Fun Paw Care…

Dr. Lori Walter

As a veterinarian I have known Russell for some years… His dedication, professionalism, depth of knowledge and passion for animals are evident…The techniques he utilizes and teaches are clear and effective… I am over the moon to have his help and will not hesitate to recommend Fun Paw Care to all my clients, family and friends.

Gabrielle Anwar & Shareef Malnik

Wow, Russell is proof that you don’t need to have a heavy hand for dogs to learn quickly. You’re amazing, we’re converted! Thank you so much, for your help.

Dr. Carol K. & Lulabelle

What an amazing change you have made in our lives and the lives of our little Pekinese, Lulabelle!! We had many trainers over the last 3 years before meeting you. We consider it a miracle that we met you…

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