A Day with a Russian Billionaire

A Day with a Russian Billionaire


[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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100 Replies to “A Day with a Russian Billionaire”

  1. For everyone talking about subtitles. Go to the top right corner of the video. Click the 3 dots. Turn subtitles off. You’re welcome.

  2. I cant believe how humble he guy is he seem like such a nice guy. The guy didn't even flex about his money like most rich people.

  3. so cold … you cannot afford or wish to cover your Forest's in a dome, for more warmth, edible perennials, vegetable fruits nuts berries.. rather let mammals shiver eating stems and soil from the grass before shooting them … what vision do you have to make your world better … if NONE … ask some schools to give you some ideas with competitions, in exchange for ''work for life'' in each and every sector … or we'll shoot you .. HA HA HA HA HA=

  4. ебанное путенское бандитское ворье!–детишки бывших коммунистических шишек и партработников!

  5. What a fokin idiot. Very stupid video. Hate this shit. Roissiya v perde. Dont't fok simple russian people. Llloooollll

  6. Miss 2006 World that pretty cool what most women hope to win to be, Miss world status. You know. But don't ask me just thing most women prefer to winners when retire life of marriage. To me that pretty amazing…though he had owned regions where I don't think billionaires in America can do that. If other countries they probably could do that.

  7. he drinks so much vodka that he can't even get an erection to fuck that younger pussy
    probably she has an affair with his bodyguard but as soon as he finds out what they're doing he is going to kill them with his gold kallashnikov

  8. Russians are weak…weak like snow, weak like small woman, weak like baby, weak like little scared frog in pond. Russia is weak too, like weak soup, that needs more onions. Russia is like USA was in 1920's..1930's..but now USA is 2019, Russia went backwards to 1865…

  9. the oligarchs are the new boyars, history is just repeating itself, Putin is no czar, he is just another smaller oligarch, he is only there because the oligarchs support him. Putin is not as powerful as people make him out to be. The real power rests with the modern day boyars.

  10. This corrupt criminal thief is sickening.. the new revolution will crucify these perverted prick. He feels sorry not everyone is rich in russia???? HE stole the money from the people, мразь тошнотворная

  11. This guy is fukking awesome… Plus he sounds like a good soul, he just likes to have a good time RRRRRRUSIAN STYLE..I

    see what I did there? RRRoled the R

  12. I wonder what Sergey is up to today? I'd hang out with Sergey all day. I wonder if he has a spot in his business to work.

  13. I condemn these foreign visitors who agreed to lure and shoot wild animals!!! Hope you will answer for your sins!

  14. So yeah, there was the crazy money part where we grabbed everything, and now it's stabilized so that's good. Oh rich people, how you love to climb and then kick the rungs out.

  15. Little sword crossing at the Banya their off camera? Come on dude… North Hollywood Vice fans want to know🙂

  16. This video proves money CAN and DOES buy you happiness.
    Crime pays if you are a good at being a criminal.
    Na zdoróvʹje!

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