Present and past owners of OAO Bank Rossiya, the only company hit with sanctions for Russia’s takeover of Crimea, include three billionaires, two proteges of a Nobel Laureate and, according to a Spanish prosecutor, one possible mob boss.
Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch who died of an apparent suicide last year, was a “broken man” on anti-depressants after he lost a court case against Roman Abramovich in 2012, witnesses told an inquest.
A coroner refused to rule that Boris Berezovsky, the former Russian businessman found last year with a noose around his neck, committed suicide, saying the burden of proof was too high to determine his cause of death.
Western leaders may think Vladimir Putin is crazy for threatening to annex Crimea and invade other areas of Ukraine. Most Russians, still bitter about the Soviet Union’s demise more than two decades ago, couldn’t be prouder.
When Igor Sechin was working as President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff a decade ago, visitors to his Kremlin office noticed an unusual collection on the bookshelves: row after row of bound volumes containing minutes of Communist Party congresses.
Sergey Chemezov, the associate of President Vladimir Putin nominated to OAO Uralkali’s board, said his prime objective in joining the Russian potash producer isn’t to help it restore a marketing venture with Belarus.