Working for a Russian oligarch

In 2012, in my final year in Russia, I was hired as CEO of Organic, a start-up company developing organic farming. It had a few crop and vegetable farms outside of Moscow, a milk factory, a retail store, and was developing e-commerce.

The job came through a headhunter. Before it I had worked for my family business that was also in food production, so Organic seemed a fitting opportunity. The company belonged to Nikolay Zvetkov, a Russian billionaire oligarch who in the 1990s had made most of his money from the oil business. Zvetkov had also built a large bank, UralSib, and…