‘Deripaska had it coming’: How a Russian oligarch’s two-decade wooing of the U.S. ended in financial meltdown

(Bloomberg) — For two decades, Oleg Deripaska pursued one of the few things he couldn’t buy — American acceptance — with all the tenacity you’d expect from a man who built what was once the world’s ninth-largest fortune.

The Russian billionaire hired Wall Street lawyers and K Street lobbyists, bought a Washington mansion on Embassy Row and even offered to help find a missing American spy in Iran. But each attempt to obtain a basic U.S. travel visa was ultimately rejected over...

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