Dancing with the Bear: A Serial Entrepreneur Goes East by Roger Shashoua

By Roger Shashoua

Half confession and half company advisor, DANCING WITH THE endure chronicles Roger Shashoua's certain and notable trip as he encounters and demanding situations the company and political institutions - either at domestic and within the rising markets of japanese Europe and Russia. all through, Shashoua offers street-smart suggestion on how a brand new new release may reach overcoming the daunting hindrances that he encountered, and make MEGA-MILLIONS within the areas of Russia, China and India. The booklet outlines how people with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to spend as much as years in a brand new nation, can anticipate $50 million - $500 million as a modest go back. And if you favour quiet domesticity, DANCING WITH THE endure offers revealing perception into the brain of a serial entrepreneur in the course of a different interval of industrial history... while the `free marketplace' all started its dance with the Russian undergo.

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We also took responsibility, on behalf of Western publishers, of managing the logistics for the delivery of books to the Moscow show, which was to be held in the ageing VDNK Exhibition Centre where the Book Fair and other cultural events were held. Although we had only just over six months to market the Moscow Book Fair and complete all these arrangements, I felt that we had done a good job. I was confident of success as I boarded the plane for Moscow again on the eve of the fair at the end of August 1991.

When they decided that the two foreigners had no useful intelligence to divulge, we were dropped abruptly and had to find our own way back to the National Hotel. Ever with an eye to turning a quick profit, we found that exchanging hard currency for roubles with these ladies was a highly lucrative activity, but perhaps it was a set-up by the KGB. We found out subsequently that the roubles we had bought at three times the official rate were in large bills, while the official currency exchanges only issued roubles in small bills.

At the hotel, we inevitably gravitated to the Philby Bar, where Roger Wilby was mistakenly paged as ‘Mr Philby’ without causing a single head to turn. The relaxed acceptance of Kim Philby – the most notorious of the British double agents who defected to Russia – as a Moscow citizen was in counterpoint to my MI6 experience at Heathrow on the way out. By then, Philby had been 32 Dancing with the Bear pensioned off as a full KGB colonel. We wondered how the treatment of Russian double agents fleeing to the US or the UK compared.

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