I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

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Nicholas Brealey Publishing, Dec 15, 2010 - Travel - 304 pages
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In this eye-wateringly funny account from John Mole, readers will experience “the real Russia” firsthand. Beginning with a risky business venture inspired by British fast food, Mole attempts to submerge himself in Russian culture—but often finds himself in the middle of a fiasco instead.
 

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An amusing tale of life as a western consultant in the wild east that was Russia in the early 90's. A good set of anecdotes tied into the story of trying to open a fast food chain with local partners ... Read full review

I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia

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Mole (It's All Greek to Me!), a business writer, serial entrepreneur, and professional expat, has put together an account of living in Russia that is both funny and informative. His adventures in ... Read full review

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Contents

This is the Big One
1
Refugees in their own country
9
The New Russia?
15
Biznismyen
29
I sell sea shells
36
When you live in an asylum you join in the madness
41
This is Russia Mister John
53
Caviar for the particular
66
If you dont grease you dont travel
152
The Czar of Cheese
169
Do the fish go to Florida?
178
The goats are guarding the cabbage
188
Am I coconut?
199
Free jazz
212
Goodness has no smell
227
The Devils balls
233

You will not find such a potato in the whole of Russia
77
Mixed feelings about the tutu
90
We swim in tide of history
102
Spuds and bugs
118
A sweet lie is better than a bitter truth
130
Gather in the mushrooms
143
How to avoid vampires
253
Gorky Park
270
We must pay now
275
It turned out as it usually does
280
I hope our little Russians will be happy here
296
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John Mole is the author of Its All Greek to Me! which has sold over 30,000 copies. He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. He is also a well-known author of comic novels and the perennial bestseller Mind Your Manners.

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