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Roman Abramovich’s abrupt transformation from shunned oligarch to war ambassador

Early in the morning Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine, the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was woken up by a cell phone call from a Ukrainian film producer with an urgent request. Was he willing to help stop the fighting?

According to people familiar with the matter, Ukrainian government officials feared their Russian counterparts were not relaying their messages to the Kremlin correctly. They wanted a Russian businessman to act as an informal go-between – to deliver messages directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin and help them understand what the Russian leader was thinking.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/roman-abramovich-putin-ukraine-war-envoy-11648823720 Roman Abramovich’s abrupt transformation from shunned oligarch to war ambassador

Ethan Gach

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