A Day with a Russian Billionaire
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A Day with a Russian Billionaire

October 17, 2019


[MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: So with the
fall of communism came a lot of questions. Chief among them, when you’re
dividing up decade’s worth of state-owned assets,
who gets what? The short answer is
a very lucky few. In the early ’90s, private
citizens with the best connections to the powers that
be, we’re essentially just gifted a whole bunch
of previously state-controlled assets. It’s all best personified by the
Russian oligarchs, a group of super-powerful businessmen
who control a disproportionate amount of the country’s
wealth. We came to Moscow to see
how the 0.00001% live. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN DUFFY: We’re about to go
meet Sergey, who we’ve heard really enjoys a life
of real opulence. We’ve been flying over all this
land, and you’re like, OK, so when do we get
to Sergey’s place? And they’re like, this
is Sergey’s place. This entire fucking
place is Sergey’s. He owns pretty much the entire
north of Russia. Sergey Veremeenko is an oligarch
thought to have had connections to both the Russian
mob and the Putin government, who made his fortune
through coal, metals, and later banking. His 26-year-old wife, Sophia,
joined us for lunch. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Thank you so much
for your hospitality. Cheers. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA:
I saw like six bodyguards behind him. After we hung out, and had
coffee, and chatted, he stood up, and there was like
six bodyguards. Oh my god, who is this guy? SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Really? Wow. SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA: In 2006. RYAN DUFFY: I didn’t know. That changes the dynamic
of the table. I’ve never sat at a table with
a Mrs. World before. SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA: Yep. RYAN DUFFY: That’s
amazing, in 2006? Wow. SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA: It was
a huge scandal as well. RYAN DUFFY: So they thought
there was cheating or some backroom deals? SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA: They were
saying right away that he was standing right there with the
gun, saying, you know, now put a crown on her. RYAN DUFFY: I assume that’s not
the case, right, Sergey? SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA:
Of course not. He was surprised as
I am that I won. RYAN DUFFY: Right, but just
because he’s a powerful guy people would just assume that
the corruption, the word that gets thrown around
all the time. And that’s a very Western
perception of Russia, right? Is that business and finance is
very closely tied to, you know, corruption and that. How do you kind of stay
on top of that? SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [BELL TOLLS] RYAN DUFFY: After our caviar,
Sergey took us to view his collection of Russian
religious art. Valued at over $200 million,
it’s thought to be the largest in the world. So this is essentially one tenth
of Sergey’s collection of icons, housed here
at a private museum. Not at his main house. Just at one of the country
houses he has. He built a private museum. It’s stunning. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] SOFIA ARZHAKOVSKAYA: He’s the
favorite holy icon for the businessman to pray to. RYAN DUFFY: Why is this the
favorite of the businessman? SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Should I be
concerned about the wolves and the bears that we don’t shoot? All right, vodka’s the answer. SERGEY VEREMEENKO: Let’s go. RYAN DUFFY: So in Sergey’s
down time, he’s an avid hunter. So much so that he this entire
estate of cabins out here where he hunts wild boar,
among other things. So he’s brought us out to
traipse through the snow and hunt some boar. But outfits are first
and foremost. And by hunting, Sergey meant
we’d be stationed in a heated hunting blind while his
bodyguards scattered bags of corn into a lit area that we’d
fire into with a sniper rifle. Not exactly sportsman like,
but a lot of fun. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] [GUN SHOTS] SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
Congratulations. [SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: We’ve been
up for 48 hours. And we’ve been drinking
vodka since 2 PM. But Sergey says it’s time
to go to the sauna. So it’s time to go
to the sauna. We’ve got our hats. We’ve got our robes. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: I don’t know what
that means, probably not good. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: The saying in the
United States, Sergey, is it’s not gay if it feels good. How have things changed? Obviously, over the last two
decades, Russia has undergone dramatic changes. Where do you see this going? SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Oh yeah. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: This seems like
a really bad idea. SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Oh! [LAUGHTER] Yeah! SERGEY VEREMEENKO:
[SPEAKING RUSSIAN] RYAN DUFFY: Oh, Jesus Christ. SERGEY VEREMEENKO: Cheers. RYAN DUFFY: Cheers. Fuck all. [RUSSIAN MUSIC PLAYING]

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  1. Maybe due to these Oligarchs Russian economy worsen and with sanctions. It better be under Soviet control at least its economy was far better after Stalin than under Putin.

  2. Ffs watching this old dude married this young girl, is like watching Donald Trump married to his young wife- i think they are both gold diggers

  3. Arrrrrightt i’m 100% positive that he didn’t bribe/threaten the Miss World jury to buy his wife a 1st place at the contest 👌🏻 👍🏻 🤣

  4. I am so loving the fact that they sent a tall, bearded white man with tattoos for this. Whether it's planned or not, it worked very well.

  5. So only because this FUCKER has money doesn't give him the right to kill wild animals if anything I would enjoy killing him bare handed and then fuck his wife in the ass and shoot her in the head just like they shoot animals. ALL THE MILLIONS HE HAS STILL DON'T MEAN SHIT OUT HERE IN THE PROJECTS MONEY AIN'T SHIT BUT KNOWLEDGE IS.

  6. Its cool to see a media company from a capitalist country with a way lot money gap between their citizens making a clip with the Russian oligarchs…can feel the irony and common intrest at the same time….

  7. That man is a complete embarrassment to us Americans. Just take a look at that 6 inch popped collar. It screams “I developed daddy issues when I was 16”. By the way, Vice will
    Hire you on the spot if you state that in your resume!

  8. Imagine a billionaire pampering you as if you were wealthy, you wouldn't get that from a westerners millionaire let alone a billionaire.

  9. The communist party allready prepares the killing lists. About 1500 executions a region been assumed humane. I hate the commies, but I guess I hate the criminal oligarchs even more.

  10. Franchement il y a des riches en France , au USA ou en Espagne qui sont beaucoup plus extravagants que cet homme la , malgres le déballage de toute sa fortune enfin sa restais dans le contexte d’un homme riche qui vit selon ses coutumes c’est pas le plus gros batard abusé de la terre , pour une fois bravo les Russes 😂

  11. His young girfriend must be truly in love with him .
    True love like them is hard to find these days.
    Btw is that dude a millionaire ??

  12. I Would LOVE To Enjoy A Little Time LIVING Their Way And Experiencing The Culture 🤔 I’ve Been Many Places 🙄 But Not Yet Russia 👍 LoveTheLifeWeLive 👍 Keep Your Dreams Alive 🙏 Never GiveUp !!

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