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Very shallow description of Russian presence in London
on 10 December 2012
Well, I had a rather double feeling about this book. On one hand it looked like a very interesting journalist piece with some good work. It's always interesting to read about extraordinary people, even if they are Russian oligarchs, with criminal or almost-criminal part.
What I hated about it: once you actually start liking the storyline of interesting and incredibly complicated international financial schemes, it falls into boring listing of assets: how many square feet and acres houses they have, the size of the boats and materials used. They could have managed to transfer the idea of how rich the Russians in a couple of pages and focus on their stories rather than enumeration of properties. But the authors choose to remind us about it throughout the whole books. Apartments, houses, villas, designers' names, cars, helicopters. It very quickly bores the hell out of you.