By Ben Mezrich
The bestselling writer of Bringing Down the home (sixty-three weeks at the ny occasions bestseller record and the foundation for the hit motion picture 21) and The unintended Billionaires (the foundation for the Academy Award–winning movie The Social community) grants an epic drama of wealth, contention, and betrayal between mega-wealthy Russian oligarchs—and its overseas repercussions.
Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold actual tale of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs who surfed the waves of privatization to harvest riches after the autumn of the Soviet regime: “Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician whose first entrepreneurial enterprise was once working an vehicle reselling enterprise, and Roman Abramovich, his speeding younger protégé who equipped a multi-billion-dollar empire of oil and aluminum. Locked in a posh, uniquely Russian partnership, Berezovsky and Abramovich battled their method in the course of the “Wild East” of Russia with Berezovsky appearing because the more youthful man’s krysha—literally, his roof, his protector.
Written with the heart-stopping pacing of a thriller—but much more compelling since it is true—this tale of gathering obscene wealth and tool depicts a rarefied global seldom visible up shut. less than Berezovsky’s krysha, Abramovich equipped considered one of Russia’s greatest oil businesses from the floor up and in trade made funds deliveries—including 491 million cash in exactly three hundred and sixty five days. yet their courting frayed whilst Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin within the media—and needed to flee to the united kingdom. Abramovich endured to prosper. lifeless our bodies trailed Berezovsky’s footsteps, and threats him to London, the place an affiliate of his died painfully and famously of Polonium poisoning. Then Berezovsky himself used to be later came upon lifeless, declared a suicide.
Exclusively sourced, shooting a momentous interval in contemporary global background, as soon as Upon a Time in Russia is instantaneously own and political, delivering an remarkable look at the wealth, corruption, and gear at the back of what Graydon Carter known as “the tale of our age.”
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He accordingly detained them for further interrogation. 28 Louis' ability to recognize a 'Swede' when he saw one - or several has not been seriously contested by modern scholars. Louis and his counsellors were reasonably well qualified to judge. Some years earlier he had sponsored the mission of Ansgar to the Swedes and, as we have seen, Ansgar travelled to Birka (see above, p. 18). This does not in itself mean that the Rhos viewed by Louis originated from Central Sweden, but it suggests a more than passing resemblance between them and other Swedes in Louis' experience.
Secrecy may well have been of the essence. There is no reason to suppose that these journeys were made exclusively by water, or that Scandinavians were the sole travellers. In fact, the speed with which dirhams reached Staraia Ladoga in the mid-eighth century indicates conveyance by persons well acquainted with part, or all, of the way from Tabaristan. They are unlikely to have been newcomers from the Baltic region. This raises the questions of who were the bearers of the dirhams, and whether the coins were transported in one long-haul journey, or in several stages by different traders.
Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder by Ben Mezrich