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The Oligarchs

by Claes Ericson

In a few years time, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia transitioned from planned to market economy in one of the world’s most daring capitalist experiments. In The Oligarchs, Claes Ericson reveals the story about the new Russia and the individuals who built fortune and power from its social developements.

The Oligarchs is the dramatic story about how a small group of young entrepreneurs could become some of the world’s richest men and get control of the president of a fallen super-power in the process. But it is also a depiction of two decades filled with fateful power struggles and fascinating destinies, including the glory days of the Russian
mafia and daring privatization projects in the 1990s, as well as the state capitalism and exploding growth of corruption in the 2000s.

This is the story about how capitalism took over Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, about Russia’s transition from commando to market economy. It is a story about extreme money and power in the world’s boldest capitalist experiment.

The Oligarchs gives its readers both a good insight to the political and economic situation of Russia today, nearly twenty years
after its rebirth, as well as the fundamentals of capitalism’s strengths and weaknesses in general. About twenty of the most influential oligarchs are portrayed in details and the book is richly illustrated with more than eighty photographs.

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