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The New Cold War: Risk, Sanctions, Compliance


Sep 26, 2022

On this week’s episode of “The New Cold War: Risk, Sanctions, Compliance,” Stroock Partner Tom Firestone talks to Elisabeth Schimpföessl, a political sociologist at Aston University, Birmingham, England. Elisabeth is the author of Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie, a sociological study of Russia’s wealthy based on over 80 interviews with oligarchs and those closest to them.     

Tom and Elisabeth discuss these and other topics:

  • Who are the Russian rich?
  • How do they see themselves?
  • Are they moving towards “bourgeois respectability”?
  • Or are they only interested in “reputation laundering”?
  • What effect are sanctions having on them?
  • Which sanctions are most effective?