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The living wage in Russia is $50 a month and about half of Russians don't make that.
Learn more about the transition to capitalism, Soviet history and life in Russia today.
Video Length: 19:21
Sabrina Tavernise, a New York Times reporter who covered
Russia for six years, meets the young capitalists who are remaking
Moscow and examines the rise of Russia's oligarchs -- the men who
became wealthy during the wild privatization period after the fall
of communism. She interviews Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the richest man
in Russia and principal owner of Yukos, Russia's largest oil company,
who was recently arrested by Russian authorities. Tavernise also
meets Boris Berezovsky, a billionaire who fled to London, where
he has just been granted political asylum. watch video >> read
Interview With Mikhail Khodorkovsky:
Money, Power and Politics Less than a month before his dramatic arrest unleashed
political upheaval in Russia, billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky
gave an exclusive, wide-ranging interview to FRONTLINE/World
and New York Times reporter Sabrina Tavernise about his
business, his politics, and the rule of law during the transition
to capitalism. Read what Russia's richest man has to say about
his ongoing battle with the Kremlin.
Reporter's Notebook: Examining
the Young and the Restless Read two of Sabrina Tavernise's New York Times articles:
"Russia's New Rich Are Living It Up, but Oligarchs' Children Wonder:
How Long Will it Last" and "To Young, a Russian Enclave Is Too
Much the Old Country," as well as an interview with her about
Moscow life, money and corruption.