EX-OLIGARCH - SBS-Agro
Steals: Left and Right
Lies: Left and Right
Hair: None on head; carroty mustache
Jewish: You betcha
Connections: Has been on both sides of the Chubais/Berezovsky axis
Career notes: Recently unindicted...Gained control of AgPromBank--and with it his hands on funds delegated for government subsidies of agriculture--after giving Anatoly Chubais a $3 million interest-free loan in 1996...SBS-Agro among those banks rescued by the government with stabilization loans after August crash...One of many who made his initial fortune in currency trading in the early 1990s...Lost out in Svyazinvest bid and was mighty pissed. Likes to make grandiose charity gestures; doesn't like to pay to cheated depositors...We'll never know just how many Swiss have retired early on his servicing fees.
Minor League Notes: Had Soviet-era run-ins with law for trading in Bibles, contraband antiques, and stolen construction materials.