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Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the OligarchsA True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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Berezovsky was one of an early wave of Russians from all walks of life—he was a half-Jewish former academic—to make his fortune in the wake of perestroika. Berezovsky made his first fortune selling cars bought from the manufacture on credit during a period of gross inflation. From there he moved into TV (his eventual downfall), oil, and aluminum. It was oil that sprang from his initial partnership with Abramovich. Abramovich, already owner of a pipeline, approached Berezovsky with the idea to take a state oil company private, and Berezovsky used his connections to make it happen. Berezovsky, along with his fellow oligarchs, also uses his connections, his millions, and his TV station to get Yeltsin reelected when it looked like the Communists were going to regain power.
It is hard as an American to grasp post-perestroika Russian business. Berezovsky and Abramovich didn’t make millions, they made billions. Berezovsky and the six confederates he recruited to finance Yeltsin’s reelection accounted for half of Russia’s GDP. Berezovsky lived surrounded by heavily-armed bodyguards and traveling in armored cars. And with good reason.Read more ›
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The narrative style of this book draws the reader in and takes them on a suspenseful journey into the dark and mysterious world of the post-Soviet oligarchs. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Shaun E Ingalls
Reality show at its best.
Brilliant story-telling based on solid research.
Distilled my understanding of what the disintegration of Russia meant in financial terms and... Read more
Disappointingly sloppy reading: names of Russian places, rivers, some names, and even the Sheremetjevo airport mispronounced. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Island girl
Another great story from this author. I always had an interest in recent Russian history and this book hit the spot. I couldn't out this book downPublished 1 month ago by Big Slims