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Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie

Elisabeth Schimpfössl


This book looks at representatives of the top 0.1 per cent of Russian society: their stories, trajectories, ideas about life, and how they see their role and position at the top of Russian society. They are explored through their own stories: eighty interviews with multimillionaires and billionaires, and their spouses and children, conducted between 2008 and 2017. These people grew up and lived through a historically unique period of economic turmoil and social change following the collapse of the Soviet Union. When taken in a wider historical context, however, we see the repetition of a time- ... More

Keywords: Russian elite, multimillionaires, billionaires, oligarchs, Bourdieu, Soviet intelligentsia, distinction, philanthropy, inheritance, legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth Schimpfössl, author
Lecturer in Sociology and Policy, Aston University