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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fourth Estate (8. Juli 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007356374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007356379
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2,8 x 20,3 cm
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'A magnificently emetic account of the lifestyles of the Russki oligarchs...' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times 'Meticulously researched...a racy and intriguing read' Daily Express "an important and fascinating story... gripping" - Sam Leith, the Daily Mail "A gripping chronicle of the decadence, danger and sheer power that defined a phenomenon... thoroughly researched... a compelling read" - Jeremy Hazlehurst, City AM "a racy and alarming investigation" - the Economist

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The amazing true story of how London became home to the Russian super-rich - told for the first time ever. 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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von M. Schweiger am 5. Oktober 2012
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'Londongrad' offers a well written and fascinating story on Russian money and its influence on the UK (real estate, art, luxury goods etc.), a portrait of several Russian oligarchs, their origins and their political connections (in both London and Moscow) as well as the motivation behind some of the players described.

The leaps the authors make are sometimes a little bit too big, leaving the reader with the question of how it was actually done (from wheeler dealer to a major player in the 'shares for loans' privatisation scheme).

Taken with a grain of salt it's a good and entertaining read, but it doesn't deliver more than one could have learned from regularly following press articles (including yellow press).
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Quantenmechaniker am 23. April 2010
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Das Buch ist sehr süffig geschrieben und beschreibt ein faszinierendes Bild. Nur, was stimmt wirklich? Die vielen grossen Zahlen und russischen Namen kann ich nicht beurteilen. Aber zwei Beispiele: Auf Seite 129 schreibt der Autor über das Château de la Croix, das aber de la Croe heisst, welches in der 80ern nicht Onassis (er war 1975 gestorben) sondern Niarchos gehört hatte und auf Seite 157 über Holcim Ltd. als russische Baufirma mit schweizer Niederlassung, wo Holcim doch eine der weltgrössten Zementfirmen ist - und zwar eine schweizer Firma. Wenn der Rest ähnlich falsch ist...
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2 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Bookworm am 10. Januar 2010
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Sehr gut geschrieben, gibt Hintergrundinformationen über wie die Oligarchen enstanden sind und über die aktuelle Politik Russlands.
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What is really true? 23. April 2010
Von Quantenmechaniker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book is an easy read and fascinating. However, what is true? I cannot judge the big numbers and the Russian names. Two examples however: On page 129 writes the author about the Château de la Croix, which is called however de la Croe and which in the 80s did not belong to Onassis (he died in 1975?!) but to Niarchos and on page 157 he writes about Holcim Ltd. as Russian construction company with Swiss subsidary which is however a world leading Cement company - and a Swiss company. If the rest is equally wrong...
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Lords of the Flies 12. August 2011
Von Robert Horn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Lord Acton was right. The more the lolly the more the corruption. That is just one of the several inferences of this book that is not spelt out but left to the reader to connect the dots. The dots though are generally so close together that it is scarcely necessary to connect them. It is a subtle piece of writing because superficially it is racy journalism but some of the dots are pixel size so that the subliminal message comes out as clearly as if it were engraved in stone.

The authors do not present a polemic. They simply recount facts which we may assume are true because no overpaid lawyer has got an injunction to prevent their publication. The book deals with the accumulation of staggering amounts of personal wealth by a handful of ex-Soviet wheeler-dealers (Messrs Berezovsky, Khodorkovsky, Fridman, Gusinsky, Abramovich, Deripaska and Patarkatsishvili among others) soon after the collapse of the USSR and their gross behaviour in squandering it on themselves and their friends. The crudity of their lives reflects their extraordinarily low cultural level. They have the tastes of gangsters, and not just the tastes. They justify their grasping greed by saying it was OK because it was legal. Adolf Hitler and his merry entourage were 'legal'. Morality and law are not the same thing. To acquire, by whatever means, huge amounts of the property of the Russian people then to squirrel the proceeds away in foreign havens to protect it from taxation and being returned to its rightful owners is immorality on an industrial scale.

The main focus of this book is London where the oligarchs feel safe because courts seem reluctant to extradite them even though they are charged with serious crimes in their own country. The Chief Magistrate of London appears to sincerely believe that Berezovsky is a political refugee! They have recruited highly-placed British bag-carriers. Lord Bell was a media adviser (PR man to put it more crudely) to Maggie Thatcher who knighted him for his efforts. Tony Blair gave him a peerage. He now is employed to improve the image of London-based oligarchs and to represent the interest of the rich and powerful such as the Saudi government. (What on earth had this man done to benefit his country that justified him being appointed to the upper house and to sit in government over the British people at their expense? The authors of this book don't ask the question). A fellow Peer of the Realm, Lord Goldsmith, the man who gave flexible advice on the legality of attacking Iraq, is another hanger-on in the entourage that surrounds plutomaniac Russians. He provided legal advice to Patarkatsishvili - a late client of Lord Bell.

The political spectrum is well-represented among the Russian's spongers. Another noble Lord, Mandelson, of the then ruling Labour Party and George Osborne, at the time Shadow Chancellor in the Tory opposition and Nat Rothschild, of the famous banking family were notoriously entertained by Depriska on his luxury yacht in Corfu. In case the middle-ground of British politics feel left out Lord Owen was up to his neck with Khodorkovsky. It's amazing how many of the flies buzzing around have the title Lord. Connecting the obvious dots is it any wonder that not only British but also French, Italian, Canadian, and perhaps most of all, American citizens are disillusioned with their leaders. It is unimaginable that Roy Jenkins, or Lord Carrington or in more recent times Shirley Williams, would stoop so low as to associate with these people. How many times have leading politicians of any stripe been entertained in their homes by working people in Wolverhampton or Tottenham? Do Britain's political leaders have no interest in the British poor, just the foreign rich? Lord Acton was right and so was Oliver Goldsmith (no relation) when he says that wealth accumulates but men decay.
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How the Russian Super-rich Oligarchs Acquired Their Wealth And Found a Haven For Their Money in London 26. Januar 2014
Von Mark Edmonds - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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.
This book tells the story of four Russian businessmen who became oligarchs – privileged insiders – who built huge fortunes by exploiting the flawed post-Soviet disposal of Russia’s state owned natural resources. London provides a refuge from Russian prosecutors for the oligarchs and for many of their super rich compatriots. London provides them with legal sanctuary and a fair due process of law in contrast to the corrupt, politicised judiciary in Russia.
It suits the multi-billionaire Russians and their super-rich compatriots that the UK boasts an unrivalled tax avoidance industry and an abundance of highly paid accountants and lawyers able to devise complex ways of hiding an individual’s wealth. The British government has collaborated with the City of London in offering a haven for super-rich businessmen from Russia who need to expatriate their money. New York and Stuttgart have failed to compete in pursuit of Russian capital.
But because Britain has asked few questions about the provenance of new Russian wealth, waves of hit men keep arriving on Britain’s shores to settle accounts by violent means.
Although their wealth originated in Russia, it has not been a comfortable place in which the oligarchs can spend it. There is too much scrutiny by the tax police and a constant fear of assassination by criminal elements. Bodyguards and bullet proof cars are necessities of daily life for the very rich in Moscow. But in the UK they have been mostly able to enjoy unfettered spending of their fortunes without fear or censure.
A favourite Russian saying goes: ”never say never to poverty or prison -both could happen tomorrow” This is why the super-rich Russians seem addicted to spending fortunes on staggeringly expensive properties in the most prestigious British locations. It is now common to find Russian students in the most expensive British schools and top universities. The super-rich Russians are addicted to spending on the acquisition of yachts, jets and cars. Specialised jewellery and top fashion are the playthings of the wives of the super-rich Russians in London.
This book traces the trajectory of the four Russian oligarchs as they accumulated their wealth and expatriated it to London. The book points out that while it is hard to dispute that hundreds of people became seriously rich from the disbursement of Russia’s assets, 150 million Russians now live in a country which sold its mineral and industrial wealth for a mess of pottage.
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The only difference between pulp fiction and this book is that "Londongrad" depicts real life 9. Mai 2011
Von Eugenia Vlasova - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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So two out of the three richest people in UK are actually from Russia, according to the Sunday Times. Does it mean that all Russians are fabulously rich? Of course not. Then who are they, those Russians, who bought exclusive real estate in the heart of London, football clubs and yachts that cost more than the budget of a small European country?

The oligarchic emigration from Russia of 1990-2008 was so significant that journalist and author Mark Hollingsworth wrote a book with the telling title"Londongrad." The book starts like a tough detective story -- the nervous atmosphere of the over-secured office, untraceable phone calls and exploding helicopters. The only difference between pulp fiction and this book is that "Londongrad" depicts real life. All things that you can learn from "Londongrad" are true and neatly documented. Being a good journalist, Mark Hollingsworth supported his story with quotes and sources, so a reader can easily check everything that is stated in the book.

The author investigates who are those Russians who now own the most prestigious buildings in the United Kingdom and many other European countries, depicts vividly the tastes of Russian oligarchs, their endless Bentleys, castles, parties and shopping tours to Christie's. He tries to describe their personalities and figures out what drives their anxiety for luxury, opulence and splendour. But this book is absolutely not about the glamorous life of the super-riches. This is about politics, ethics and the source of richness. This is about Russia in its after-empire-collapse stage and the world that is changing dramatically. The author talks about the impact that the Russian expansion has on British and global economy, politics, safety and culture. He doesn't judge, but asks questions and provokes thoughts.

Though many facts and names in this book were familiar to me, it provided great cultural insight and let me look at Russians through British eyes. I found many new documents there that proved connections between people and facts, and it was eye-opening reading. I started seeing many things in Russia differently. Actually, I have more questions now than when I started reading, but this is how every good book should work.
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for those who want a taste of the absurd 26. August 2012
Von james - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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.
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