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Hot nights in Moscow

For three years the Hungry Duck was the wildest club in Moscow. But after seeing off the mafia and the cops, the outraged politicians finally did down the Duck

By Douglas Steele   July 1999

It’s over, folks. I’ve been managing the Hungry Duck, Moscow’s (and maybe the world’s) most notorious bar, for over three years. Now I’ve decided that it’s time to close. Anyone starting up a bar or club in mid-1990s Moscow had to be prepared for some delicate bargaining with some pretty scary people. The Hungry Duck was founded by a mixed group of Chechen and Kalmyk businessmen. You don’t hear much about Chechen-Kalmyk joint ventures-for good reason: four of those guys are dead now. The last, a Chechen named Roman, died recently. He had just finished three years in jail for…

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