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Wives of Russian oligarchs say it would be “suicide” to return to Russia in a new documentary

Written by Javed Iqbal

A collage of two wives of oligarchs, an oligarch and Vladimir Putin in the background.

Evgeny Chichvarkin with his wife Tatiana Fokina and Alexandra Tolstoy (right).Getty pictures

  • Wives of Russian oligarchs have been interviewed about Vladimir Putin’s regime in a new documentary.

  • The 90-minute program “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives” will stream on Paramount + from June 28.

  • One of the women said it would be “suicide” for her to return to Russia now.

The wives of Russian oligarchs has commented on Vladimir Putin’s regime in a new television documentary.

Insider has previewed “Secrets of the Oligarch Wives”, where the women tell about corruption, betrayal and suspected murder, while painting a picture of a vengeful Russian president who sees betrayal on every turn, forgives nothing, decides every party and is jealous of the lifestyle of the oligarchs.

“When you make a contract with the devil, there will be consequences … if you deal with the dark side, it will haunt you later,” says Tatiana Fokina, Evgeny Chichvarkin’s wife. He founded Eurosetone of Russia’s largest mobile phone retailers, and was once worth more than $ 1.5 billion.

“Going to Russia now would be suicide for me,” Fokina said, adding that her comments would get her in jail if she did.

Alexandra Tolstoy, whose partner is Sergei Pugachev, who was once estimated to be worth $ 2 billion, said: “Putin would much rather be an oligarch than a president.”

Oligarchs gained their wealth in the 1990s by buying large shares in state-owned industries after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The wealth allowed them to buy superyachterluxury propertiesprivate jets and lead lavish lifestyles.

But since the invasion of Ukraine, Western countries have attacked these wealthy individuals and seized their assets in an attempt to put pressure on Putin.

In the new documentary, the women have decided to speak out, even though it may make them targets and prevent them from ever returning to Russia.

Bill Browder, a campaigner and critic of Vladimir Putin, says in the documentary: “There is no difference between Russian organized crime and the Russian government. The Russian government is really an organized criminal organization and Vladimir Putin is the mafia boss.”

Browder once operated the largest foreign investment fund in Russia. He said in April to sanction oligarchs. before the invasion of Ukraine, would have had a “much greater effect” on Putin’s actions.

The 90-minute documentary, produced by See It Now Studios and Blink Films, is available on Paramount + from June 28.

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