The amazing true story of how London became home to the Russian super rich A dazzling tale of incredible wealth, ferocious disputes, beautiful women, private jets, mega yachts, the world s best footballers and chauffeur driven Range Rovers with tinted windows.A group of buccaneering Russian oligarchs made colossal fortunes after the collapse of communism and many of them came to London to enjoy their new found wealth Londongrad tells for the first time the true story of their journeys from Moscow and St Petersburg to mansions in Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Surrey and takes you into a shimmering world of audacious multi billion pound deals, outrageous spending and rancorous feuds.But while London s flashiest restaurants echoed to Russian laughter and Bond Street shop owners totted up their profits, darker events also played themselves out The killing of ex KGB man Alexander Litvinenko in London to the death in a helicopter crash he all but predicted of Stephen Curtis, the lawyer to many of Britain s richest Russians, chilled London s Russians and many of those who know them.This is the story of how Russia s wealth was harvested and brought to London some of it spent by Roman Abramovich on his beloved Chelsea Football Club, some of it spent by Boris Berezovsky in his battles with Russia s all powerful Vladimir Putin Londongrad is a must read for anyone interested in how vast wealth is created, the luxury it can buy and the power and intrigue it produces....
|Title||:||Londongrad: From Russia with Cash;The Inside Story of the Oligarchs|
|Publisher||:||Fourth Estate July 8, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
|File Size||:||881 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Londongrad: From Russia with Cash;The Inside Story of the Oligarchs Reviews
This fascinating book from top-notch investigative journalists Mark Hollingsworth and Stewart Lansley is a good compendium piece to contemporaneous works like
By 2007 and prior to the impact of the Global Financial Crisis London had had displaced New York to become the financial capital of the world by providing an unrivalled tax avoidance industry, light regulations and easy visas for foreign businessmen.
Londongrad spotlights the oligarch billionaires who emerged from the collapse of the USSR in the 1990s. Some of the book is highly informative about the big players who carved up the pieces of what should have been the Russian people's source of wealth for their now non-communist nation. Other parts offer looks into extravagance in spending by people who chose to do so simply because for the first time in their lives they had no limits or rules whatsoever. Interesting reading but a niche market. You have to have a desire to know more about Russia to want to read this book.
Great book, lots of information.