Tycoon (2002 film)

Tycoon: A New Russian (Russian: Олигарх, romanized: Oligarch) is a 2002 Russian movie directed by Pavel Loungine (or Lungin).

Directed byPavel Loungine (Lungin)
Produced byErich Weissberg
Written byAleksandr Borodyanskyy
Pavel Loungine
Yuli Dubov
StarringVladimir Mashkov
Mariya Mironova
Music byLeonid Desyatnikov
Edited bySophie Brunet
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
123 minutes


During the Mikhail Gorbachev years, Platon Makovsky and four buddies of his are university students who jump on the private capitalism movement. Fast-forward 20 years, Platon finds himself the richest man in Russia. But as such, he and his friends are drawn more and more into relations with suspect organizations. They also have to face ever more brutal attempts to subjugate them by the Kremlin. Makovsky attempts to compete with this ever-present political power, by becoming as "creating a Kremlin" himself.[1][2]


The film is based on "Bolshaya Paika" ("The Big Slice") - a novel by Yuli Dubov, depicting the real biography of Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky and his partners.[3] Dubov was Berezovsky's partner himself, and a president of his LogoVAZ company. The novel is claimed to be historically precise in many aspects. The names of the characters were changed from their real life counterparts, though keeping resemblance (e.g. Boris Berezovsky, who changed his name to Platon Elenin in exile in 2004, to Platon Makovsky, Badri Patarkatsishvili to Lari Teishvili, etc.)

In June 2009, Dubov and Berezovsky were convicted in absentia (at that time, they were both living in exile in England) in a Russian court for the events that served as the basis for the book to 9 and 13 years of imprisonment respectively. The book served as one of the pieces of evidence against them.[4]


  1. Stephen Holden (June 13, 2003). "Movie Review - Tycoon A New Russian". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  2. "Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)". www.rottentomatoes.com. 2003-06-13. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  3. Guy Chazan. "Exiled Russian Tycoon Berezovsky Looks Better on Film in 'Oligarch'". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  4. "Thirteen-year oligarch". Kommersant. 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
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