The Oligarchs : Wealth and Power in the New Russia, Paperback

The Oligarchs : Wealth and Power in the New Russia Paperback

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In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E.

Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs.

Focusing on six of these ruthless men-- Alexander Smolensky, Yuri Luzhkov, Anatoly Chubais, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Berezovsky, and Vladimir Gusinsky--Hoffman shows how a rapacious, unruly capitalism was born out of the ashes of Soviet communism.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages, 8-pp. B/W photo insert on text
  • Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9781610390705



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It is a story of wealth creation by six oligarchs (Berezovsky, Smolensky, Chodorovsky, Gusinsky, Luzhkov and Chubais - although the last two do not really belong to the list of typical Russian oligarchs) juxtaposed with Russian history and politics after perestroika. It is excellent, very well researched and interesting book. I didn't know, of course, a lot of facts described in this work but what I did know firsthand is perfectly in sync what the author writes. He got everything right, even small details from lives of ordinary Russians of that period.

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