The Accidental Oligarch

A Ukrainian Saga

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Pub Date 13 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 06 Jun 2022

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**The author is donating all profits from this book to Internews to help Ukrainian journalists**

Ukraine is the "new Berlin," the front line of Russian American confrontation. It's a place of intrigue, corruption, political blackmail and, yes, romance. The Accidental Oligarch reveals how Ukraine's fate is intimately entangled with our own.

After Yuri Yavlinsky is laid off from his job shoveling shit at the Kyiv Zoo, he is promptly arrested for failing to pay a $30 million tax bill. Yuri's ID had been used to create several offshore shell companies to hide the assets of the oligarch who is the principal backer of Ukraine's president. Dora Osatinskaya, the Ukrainian lawyer who heads an anti-corruption organization, persuades Yuri to retrieve the mogul's bank records used for money laundering. But Yuri doesn't stop there. Infuriated by the corruption that is sucking the life out of his country, he uses his wits and street smarts to hijack the companies and their billion dollars in assets. It takes an oligarch to fight an oligarch.

The novel climaxes during the 2014 Euromaidan "Revolution of Dignity," where Yuri and his band of savvy saboteurs fight oligarchs, the government, a cabal of mobsters and moguls, and stealth Russian forces, as they strive to save themselves and the battered country they believe in.

**The author is donating all profits from this book to Internews to help Ukrainian journalists**

Ukraine is the "new Berlin," the front line of Russian American confrontation. It's a place of...


Advance Praise

"""Hoffman has taken the heroic struggle of Ukraine against Russian interference and turned it into a compelling thriller/historical fiction novel that kept me up all night.""

--Kathy Calvin, former President, CEO of the United Nations Foundation  

""This fictional account of the 2014 ""Revolution of Dignity,"" should make Putin tremble. After reading it, I realized Ukrainians will never surrender. I couldn't put it down.""

--Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of State"

"""Hoffman has taken the heroic struggle of Ukraine against Russian interference and turned it into a compelling thriller/historical fiction novel that kept me up all night.""

--Kathy Calvin, former...


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The Accidental Oligarch: A Ukrainian Saga by David Hoffman This is such a timely novel as it is about a young man- Yuri Yavlinsky who cleans up after elephants in the Kyiv Zoo who accidently become an Oligarch just before the 2014 EuroMaidan Revolution. He becomes an oligarch because he had sold his passport and it turns out to a real oligarch had used his name and signature as the owner of multiple off shore shell companies around the world. Dora Osatinskyaya an American/Ukrainian lawyer who is head of an anti-corruption campaign is able to convince Yuri to join her to bring down the Oligarch Victor Raskolnovitch. Ok so far? At this point one has to suspend logic and just enjoy the story which contains many real characters who make cameos. There is Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, D. Trump, Lev Parnas, Oleg Deripaska and even that famous Ukrainian TV Star- Vlodoymyr Zalenskyy. Somehow Yuri is able to transfer 1B dollars from the real oligarch’s accounts to a new shell company via Mossack Fonseca that was famous for a few years for the Panama Papers. All the while the story continues with Yuri out-smarting Victor and his henchmen along with Russians who also get in the act. It is a fun read and at the same time there is a telling story by Mr. Hoffman of the corruption as well as the heroic efforts of the Ukrainian people. An excellent story and it ends well. Yuri gets the girl and goes back to now running the zoo. Ukraine is a source for serious reflection right now but an occasional story that ends well is welcome.

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