Alexander Lebedev is a Russian banker and philanthropist. A member of the KGB's Foreign Intelligence Service, he worked in the USSR Embassy in London in the 1980s. Since 1992 he has been a businessman and founded the financial and industrial group National Reserve Corporation, including National Reserve Bank. In the UK he bought The Independent and the Evening Standard newspapers.
Hunt the Banker
Translated by Arch Tait
Banker is written in a wry and humorous manner. The book is mainly a
memoir of Lebedev's own hair-raising experiences as someone who aspires to
show that an 'honest banker' is not an oxymoron. There is the thread of a
whodunnit as his attempts at constructive and charitable business
enterprises are systematically torpedoed by a person or persons unknown. He
describes the dirty tricks used against him and the attempt to assassinate
him and details how the Russian and international political and business
Lebedev tells of his relations with leading politicians, businessmen and
cultural figures in Russia and abroad, and investigates corruption scandals,
dodgy multi-billion-dollar deals and contract killings.
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