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Roman Abramovich

He seized Russian oil, governed a distant province and bought Chelsea FC. And he remains a friend of the Kremlin. How?

By Chris Stephen   January 2004

A meeting with Roman Abramovich is like the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy draws back the curtain to find the great and terrible wizard is no more than an old man hunched over a microphone. Abramovich, colossus of Russia’s tycoons, and now of British football, almost never gives interviews, so when he invites you to fly thousands of miles to see him in his far eastern state of Chukotka you accept. Chukotka is literally as far from Chelsea FC as it is possible to be – 12 time zones. Go any farther east and you start coming…

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