Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie

5 September 2018, 10:20PM

Australian Broadcasting Company, Late Night Live with Phillip Adams. Producer: Stan Correy

Everyone in the West thinks they know about the Rich Russians, the oligarchs. In the world of the super wealthy, the Russian billionaires are the epitome of glitz, glamour and occasionally corrupt behaviour.

Sociologist Elisabeth Schimpfössl conducted over 80 interviews with wealthy Russians to examine the transformation of Russia’s former “robber barons” into a new social class.

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Elisabeth Schimpfoessl

About Elisabeth Schimpfössl

My research focuses on elites, philanthropy and social inequality as well as questions around post-Socialist media and self-censorship. I did my PhD at the University of Manchester and taught at Liverpool University, Brunel and UCL before taking up my current post as Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. I live in London.