Godfather of the Kremlin: The Decline of Russia in the Age of Gangster Capitalism
Paul KlebnikovISBN: 0156013304;
An extraordinary investigation of Russia's richest businessman and the secret history of the Yeltsin regime. Beginning with the Great Mob War of 1993-1994 and ending with Vladimir Putin's election in 2000, Paul Klebnikov provides a series of revelations that explains how postcommunist Russia became one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. A major piece of the 'decline of Russia' puzzle lies in the meteoric career of Boris Berezovsky. In just ten years Berezovsky transformed himself from a scientist researching decision-making theory into Russia's most successful deal maker. He survived gangster turf wars, a car bombing, and a murder investigation, and went on to seize control of some of Russia's largest companies and mastermind the successful presidential elections of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Although plagued by scandal, he became one of President Yeltsin's trusted political advisors - playing an important role in forming governments and dismissing prime...
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