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.
| Alexander Lebedev|
Hunt the Banker :
The Confessions of a Russian ex-Oligarch
Translated by Arch Tait
|Hunt the 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 elite live.|
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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