I am currently reading Ben Mezrich's book - Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History. The book covers the chaos, extreme danger and widespread corruption that emerged following the collapse of the Soviet Union - a period that saw the privatisation of many state-owned enterprises through "loans for shares" auctions that enabled the new private owners to become billionaire oligarchs. The book looks at the rise and fall of one of these oligarchs - the so-called 'Godfather of the Kremlin' Boris Berezovsky - as well as his relationships and dealings with Alexander Litvinenko and Roman Abramovich. In addition, the unexpected rise to power of Vladimir Putin, and his role in the fate of the oligarchs is explored. A fascinating read.
Author: Peter Lowe
I am particularly interested in the geographical dimension to conflicts, as well as the geographical aspects to development and globalisation issues.