Alexander Lebedev is best known as the Russian businessman and public figure who bought the Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers in the UK. A former KGB intelligence officer in the USSR’s London Embassy, his book covers the years from his birth in 1959 to 2016.
The author reveals details of how the Russian and international political and business elite live, talks about his relations with leading politicians, businessmen, journalists, cultural figures and celebrities in Russia and all over the world, and investigates corruption scandals, dodgy multi-billion-dollar deals and contract killings.
The memoir is written in a wry and humorous manner, focusing on the financial mayhem in Russia in the ‘Wild Nineties’, and the international scams and global corruption which continue to this day. Lebedev sees the present as the age of a Third Colonialism, with the developed world conniving to milk the wealth of the developing world to the tune of $ 1 trillion a year.
However, Hunt the Banker; The Confessions of a Russian ex-Oligarch is mainly a memoir of Lebedev’s own hair-raising experiences as someone who aspires to show that an ‘honest banker’ is not an oxymoron. There is the thread of a whodunnit as his attempts at constructive and charitable business enterprises are systematically torpedoed by a person or persons unknown. He names along the way, and describes the dirty tricks and the attempt to assassinate him.
A noisy and comical episode is how he faced five years of imprisonment for a minor fracas during a television talk show, and how the world show business stars (Elton John, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, John Malkovich, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry) rallied to his defence. He describes in detail how and why he became involved with two prominent UK newspapers.
Not the least striking contribution to the success of the book is Lebedev’s access to inside sources of information, with policemen and secret policemen slipping him memoirs and transcripts of episodes which would otherwise have remained mysterious. This book is ultimately a portrait of a fraudulent system which is a challenge to justice and the well-being of people, and which Lebedev considers as another little step in the battle against international kleptocracy.
About the Author
Alexander Lebedev is a Russian banker, philanthropist and public figure. A member of the KGB’s Foreign Intelligence Service, he worked in the USSR Embassy in London in the 1980s. Since 1992 he has been a businessman, founder and beneficial owner of financial & industrial group National Reserve Corporation, including National Reserve Bank, he has property assets throughout Europe and enterprises in aviation, agriculture, engineering, catering and beyond.
An Ex-MP, he is also a media mogul and proprietor of the UK newspapers The Independent and The London Evening Standard, London Live TV channel, and is shareholder and investor of investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta in Russia. He also has a Ph.D of Economics.
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Sub Heading The Confessions of a Russian ex-Oligarch ISBN 9781846893032 Author Alexander Lebedev Binding Hardback Extent 288pp, 234x156mm Illustrations Colour photographs Ebook Available through your usual supplier
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