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dark suits shifting uncomfortably in their seats as they waited in that palpable silence around an oversize dining room table, it was hard to believe that they were still technically within Moscows city limits Though, to be fair, this aging, stone house tucked in the middle of the dark woods, surrounded by a pair of chain link fences topped by barbed wire, was a symbol of a much different Moscow than the rapidly growing metropolis beyond the wire The men in this room had traveled back in time than fifty years the minute they had been ushered out of their chauffeured limousinesnow parked in glistening rows behind the double fencesand led through the dachas front door The setting of the meeting was not lost on any of the men The invitation that had been delivered by official courier to each of them in the preceding weeks had been met by everything from incredulous laughter to expressions of suspicion Every soul knew what this place was whose house this had once been, and what had supposedly taken place here None of the men looked carefully into the shadows that played across the aging walls, darkening the corners of the vast, high ceilinged room Even though this house had fallen into disuse a generation agoand was now museum than functioning dachathe meetings address had meaning far beyond the invitation itself And the longer the men were forced to wait for whatever was going to happen next, the ominous the setting seemed Under the best of circumstances, these men were not accustomed to waiting To describe them as powerful businessmenor even billionaireswould have been a laughable understatement Among them, they represented the largestand fastestaccumulation of wealth in modern history Within the Russian media, they had garnered the label Oligarchsa term that was usually derogatory, defining them as a class apart and above According to the popular notion, over the course of the past decade, as the former Soviet nation had lurched into capitalism through a complex, often shadowy process of privatization, this classthe Oligarchshad accumulated insane riches, and they had used this wealth to imbed and twist themselves, like strangling vines, into the ruling mechanisms of the nations government, economy, and culture Most of the men in this room would have bristled at the designation If anything, they saw themselves as representatives of the new, free, and modern Russia Almost all of them had come from poverty many had clawed their way out of childhoods filled with deprivation and prejudice Many at one point had been mathematicians, scientists, or academics before they had turned their ambitions to business If they had succeededand yes, as a group they had succeeded to a degree perhaps unique in historyit was despite the chronic corruption and cronyism of the shifting Russian paradigm, not because of it Oligarchs or not, men who earned billions were not known for their patience Eventually, the silence got the better of the room, and one of the invitees, seated closest to the door that led back into the interior of the house, cleared his throat If some Chechen managed to get a bomb in here and blew us all to hell, he asked, do you think anyone would mourn Awkward laughter riffed through the room, then trickled away into the shadows The macabre joke may have hit too close to home Whatever the men thought about themselves, it wasnt exactly the best time to be a billionaire in Russia Worse yet, the idea of a bomb going off in the dining room of such an ominous address wasnt as far fetched as they would have liked to believe Before anyone could break the silence again, there was a rush of motiona door opening on the far side of the dining room The air seemed to tighten still further, like a leather strap suddenly pulled taut After a brief pause, a lone man entered through the doorway Head down, every step and movement controlled and determined, from his forceful, athletic gait to the way his lean, muscled arms shifted stiffly at his sides Short of staturefive foot seven at the mostwith thinning hair, pinpoint eyes, a narrow, almost daggered jawhis presence was somehow well beyond the amalgamation of his parts As he strolled in, warmly shaking each mans hand in turn, none of the billionaires at the table could have turned away even if they had dared He didnt just project an imposing aura he was a mystery, an unknown, and these gathered businessmen had built their livesand fortuneson their abilities to procure and use knowledge Even though some of them had been responsible for their hosts ascension to powerhad in fact hand picked him for the role he now playedthey had done so without knowing much about him In truth, that had been one of his main selling points He was purposefully obscure, a supposed nobodya loyal cog They had thought that a man like that would be easy to control There was nothing easy about him as he took position at the front of the room, facing the table And then he smiled A warm welcome, my colleagues He looked around the room, matching each of the gathered billionaires eyes Some of you supported me, he continued, his voice low and steady, as he paused on a few of the staring faces Some of you did not Again, he lingered on a handful But none of that matters now You have done very well for yourselves You have built vast fortunes He waited, the room as silent and still as a pane of glass You can keep what you have Business is important Industry is important But from here on out, you are simply businessmenand only businessmen Before any of the men could react, there was another flash of motionand then a group of lower ranking officials took over, ushering a team of butlers into the room, each carrying a tray laden with porcelain and gold tea settings Collective relief moved around the table at the same time, it dawned on most of the men in the room that they had made an immense miscalculation This loyal nobody, this obscure cog had become something else Every moment of the meeting had been choreographed, from the very moment he had invited them here, to this place, imbued with so much brutal meaning Just a few yards down, off the hall now bustling with servers carrying tea into the dining room, were the study and living quarters where Joseph Stalin had spent his final two decades This houseStalins Moscow homehad been the symbolic headquarters of the most infamous, powerful, and brutal regime in their nations history And Vladimir Putinthe man at the front of the room now trading niceties with the nearest of his guests, while butlers served tea up and down the dining room tablehad just sent them a clear, explicit message Putin was not a simple cog they could twist and turn as they wanted The Oligarchs had been warned You can keep your billions But stay out of my way .Assassination plots, intimidation tactics, political manoeuvring and money in unfeasibly large quantities this is the stuff of Ben Mezrichs Once Upon a Time in Russia, a nonfiction journey 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    • Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder (English Edition)
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    • Format Kindle
    • 290 pages
    • Ben Mezrich
    • Anglais
    • 07 April 2017

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