German photographer Anna Skladmann’s portrait series features children of the new Russian elite. “They live in a secluded world,” says Skladmann, who spent years befriending and photographing the little ones. “Their parents are attempting to make up for the Soviet times–they only want the best for their children. They receive private language lessons; they go swimming or play tennis. The lives of these children are very planned and regimented.” This interview and these slideshow captions are fascinating.

P.S. The series reminds me of the riveting documentary Born Rich about American heirs and heiresses. (Have you seen it?)