Confessions of a Russophile

From the review for “Walking on Ice. An American Businessman in Russia” from Russia Profile magazine, by its editor, Andrei Zolotov, Jr.     Of the legion of Western entrepreneurs who came to Russia in the early 1990s in search of opportunities, many … [Read more...]

Review on “Walking on Ice…” from top Russian magazine.

 New Book on Business in Russia - American author brings a fresh and honest look at doing business in today’s Russia  From Andrei Zolotov, Jr., Editor, Russia Profile, Moscow: Essentially, it is a collection of essays, although one part of the book … [Read more...]

Three steps forward and two backward!

  “Nothing is impossible in Russia but reform.” Oscar Wilde I think Oscar Wilde was wrong—but it will take time to know. The efforts to transform Russia into a viable and democratic economy, one that fits comfortably with the rest of the free world, … [Read more...]

“What Is To Be Done?”

How to succeed in Russian business is the question. While it does not require sleeping on a bed of nails, as the hero did in Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s famous novel What Is To Be Done? to prove his commitment to his Marxist ideals, it does require a … [Read more...]

“Miracle, Mystery, and Authority”


When I first went to Russia, I was told by a Russian advisor that Dostoevsky’s “Brothers Karamazov” was required to understand the Russian. She was right. I particularly discovered in that great book the chapter entitled “The Grand Inquisitor.” It is … [Read more...]