Once upon a time in Russia: the rise of the oligarchs -- a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder

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The New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian oligarchs that Booklist called "one more example of just how talented a storyteller [Mezrich] is." Meet two larger-than-life Russians: former mathematician Boris Berezovsky, who moved into more lucrative ventures as well as politics, becoming known as the Godfather of the Kremlin; and Roman Abramovich, a dashing young entrepreneur who built one of Russia's largest oil companies from the ground up. After a chance meeting on a yacht in the Caribbean, the men became locked in a complex partnership, surfing the waves of privatization after the fall of the Soviet regime and amassing mega fortunes while also taking the reins of power in Russia. With Berezovsky serving as the younger entrepreneur's krysha --literally, his roof, his protector--they battled their way through the "Wild East" of Russia until their relationship soured when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media. Dead bodies trailed Berezovsky as he escaped to London, where an associate died painfully of Polonium poisoning, creating an international furor. As Abramovich prospered, Berezovsky was found dead in a luxurious London town house, declared a suicide. With unprecedented, exclusive first-person sourcing, Mezrich takes us inside a world of unimaginable wealth, power, and corruption to uncover this exciting story, a true-life thriller epic for our time--" Wolf Hall on the Moskva" ( Bookpage ).
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display_descriptionThis is a gripping and shocking insight into the lives of Russia's most famous oligarchs from New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House. Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime: "Godfather of the Kremlin" Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician whose first entrepreneurial venture was running an automobile reselling business, and Roman Abramovich, his dashing young protege who built a multi-billion-dollar empire of oil and aluminium. Locked in a complex, uniquely Russian partnership, Berezovsky and Abramovich battled their way through the "Wild East" of Russia with Berezovsky acting as the younger man's krysha- literally, his roof, his protector. Written with the heart-stopping pacing of a thriller -but even more compelling because it is true - this story of amassing obscene wealth and power depicts a rarefied world seldom seen up close. Under Berezovsky's krysha, Abramovich built one of Russia's largest oil companies from the ground up and in exchange made cash deliveries - including 491 million dollars in just one year. But their relationship frayed when Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media - and had to flee to the UK. Abramovich continued to prosper. Dead bodies trailed Berezovsky's footsteps, and threats followed him to London, where an associate of his died painfully and famously of Polonium poisoning. Then Berezovsky himself was later found dead, declared a suicide. Exclusively sourced, capturing a momentous period in recent world history, Once Upon a Time in Russia is at once personal and political, offering an unprecedented look into the wealth, corruption, and power behind what Graydon Carter called 'the story of our age'.
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subject_facetAbramovich, Roman Arkadievich, -- 1966-
BerezovskiiÌ젂. A. -- (Boris Abramovich), -- 1946-2013
Berezovskiĭ, B. A. -- (Boris Abramovich), -- 1946-2013
Businessmen -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography
Businesspeople -- Russia (Federation)
Oligarchy -- Russia (Federation)
Political corruption -- Russia (Federation)
title_displayOnce upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs--a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder
title_fullOnce upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs -- a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder / Ben Mezrich
Once upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs--a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder / Ben Mezrich
Once upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs--a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder / by Ben Mezrich
title_shortOnce upon a time in Russia
title_subthe rise of the oligarchs -- a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder
topic_facetAbramovich, Roman Arkadievich
BerezovskiiÌ젂. A
Berezovskiĭ, B. A
Biography
Businessmen
Businesspeople
Oligarchy
Political corruption