The story of the biggest theft in history: the resources of the biggest country in the world, Russia, by its own government.
It’s the story of two men. One a rising star in business and the head of Yukos - a huge oil company: Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The other a former KGB officer who rose through the ranks to become President of Russia: Vladimir Putin.
With very different ideals, the two were destined to clash, and there could only be one winner. Vladimir Putin put Khodorkovsky in jail for ten years, stealing his company and becoming the richest man in the world.
In The Big Steal, Gavin Esler tells the story and examines Russia’s journey from democracy to kleptocracy, as the Putin regime attempts to erode democracy across the globe.
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