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  • Here is Evgeny at his best in Spectator’s piece

    My day started with a bang — or rather, a right hook and a left-right jab combination. A friend in Moscow rang me excitedly, revealing my father had punched someone live on Russian television. I don’t condone violence, but I couldn’t help but find the video clip amusing. Eventually, I got through to my father. He explained that Sergei Polonsky, a corrupt property developer who has long associated with the yet more reprehensible former mayor of Moscow Sergei Luzhkov, was being rude about ordinary Russians and, also, threatening him. Russian people have a fondness for robust characters — hence Vladimir Putin’s occasional displays of manliness. So, rather than causing a scandal, my father instantly obtained cult hero status. I must admit I was rather proud of him.

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    Tags: Luzhkov, The Evening Standard, The Independent

    • October 10, 2011 at 17:47
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  • Dear Mr Churchill

    Dear Mr Churchill, I have always been a great admirer of your people's culture and wit - otherwise, why should I have ventured to endure the various economic uncertainties of becoming a British press proprietor?

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    Tags: Baturina, Corruption

  • Turning the Popular Front into the Anticorruption Front

    We have firm convictions, views and values that we do not alter. We have read Solzhenitsyn, Ginsburg, Nekrasov and Dombrovsky, we have respected Sakharov, listened to “the voices” and told “anti-Soviet” jokes, not simply for entertainment. We have been members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. We have served in intelligence.

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    • May 20, 2011 at 18:14
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  • Last night was a great one for the Standard

    The London Evening Standard won two major awards at the National Press Awards: the Cudlipp Award for outstanding popular journalism and also Campaign of the Year for our Dispossessed Campaign.

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    Tags: The Evening Standard

  • My letter to the participants of The Russian Business Week 2011 in London School of Economics

    I am extremely sorry for not being able to attend your forum. Lamentable reason is of course tiny decline of business climate in Russia as attempts of the corrupt law enforcement officers to raid my businesses intensify.

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    Tags: Corruption, National reserve bank

    • February 14, 2011 at 16:33
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