“On the last day of August in 1997, a Russian oil tycoon named Vitaly Schmidt sat down to lunch at his Moscow apartment with his woman friend and his sister. The 48-year-old engineer downed a large helping of boiled-meat dumplings and a couple of shots of vodka. Three hours later, he was dead.
Mr. Schmidt was a multimillionaire with luxury residences in four countries. Much of his fortune came from a group of small offshore energy companies he oversaw on behalf of himself and a few fellow executives of a big Russian oil company, OAO Lukoil.”