The Tycoon of Tech

Anatoli Karachinsky is not your average Russian businessman. He has no bodyguards, no armored Bavarian sedan, no villa on the Riviera. He is not in the oil or mining business and describes his role at an élite Kremlin parley of oligarchs last year as "the token high-tech guy." Instead of using the occasion as other titans did — to gripe about state interference in their affairs — Karachinsky, founder and head of Information Business Systems (IBS) Group, seized the chance to speak candidly to President Vladimir Putin: "I told him one thing — we can only survive on oil and gas...

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