Corrupt bankers, ex-KGB agents, Russian Mafia bosses, a sinking oil tanker and stolen crude oil along with blackmailing of the Russian President a jilted prostitute and a North Korean double-agent are but a few of the elements that are used by Skurt Ancre, an influential Energy Minister to rejuvenate the economy of Chukotka, a remote Russian province after the fall of Communism. More
Russia is in the throes of its post-Communism depression caused by the attempt by both Gorbachov and Yeltsin to move the country to a Capitalist model economy. The most remote of all of Russia's provinces is Chukotka bordering the Bering Sea. The Deputy Minister of the Energy Ministry, Skurt Ancre, decides the situation of the poor and disabled in the province is dire. People are freezing to death in unheated homes and he decides to do something about. He brings together a group of civil servants and they agree to help him improve the situation by engineering the theft of crude oil in a barely sea worthy stolen oil tanker and sell the oil in the South Pacific. The profits are used to create a large business with imported material. The finished product is sold in Moscow with the help of a Russian Mafia boss and a crooked banker. The profits are used to fund a non-profit charity in Switzerland that legally donates the money and material to the needy in Chukotka. The help of ex-KGB agents, a ship's captain, mafia bosses and an enforcer who keeps people in-line by dropping them on their heads from great heights along with corrupt bankers combines to work until they run up against the government in Moscow. Information is obtained in Iran and used to blackmail the Russian President into granting Chukotka a special status that opens the gates for the province to become an independent engine for growth and prosperity.
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