So you think Abramovich moved to london because “this is where the skills are”? That’s hilarious.
Richard Murphy says:
April 9 2015 at 9:52 am
b) He came here because he can’t go back to Russia
Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin be his successor as the Russian president. When Putin formed his first cabinet as Prime Minister in 1999, Abramovich interviewed each of the candidates for cabinet positions before they were approved. Subsequently Abramovich would remain one of Putin’s closest confidants. In 2007 Putin consulted in meetings with Abramovich on the question of who should be his successor as president – Medvedev was personally recommended by Abramovich.
Chris Hutchins, a biographer of Putin, describes the relationship between the Russian president and Abramovich as like that between a father and a favorite son. Abramovich himself says that when he addresses Putin he uses the Russian language’s formal “Вы” (like Spanish “usted”, German “Sie” or French “vous”), as opposed to the informal “ты” (Spanish “tú”, German “Du” or French “tu”). Abramovich says that the reason is because ‘he is more senior than me’. Within the Kremlin, Abramovich is referred to as “Mr A”.
Berezovsky had problems, yes, Litvinenko, yes, but Abramovich?
Ritchie’s Kremlinology is just as informed as the rest of his oeuvre, eh?