Eccentric Russian Billionaires Are Investing in Their Weird Futuristic Visions

There seems to be a prevailing ethos in Russia — one that does not necessarily exist in other developed countries — that billionaires should be both eccentric and eccentrically humanitarian. There are numerable examples of oligarchs succumbing to this social pressure, but four names stand out: Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin, Dmitry Itskov, and Vasily Klyukin. These uber-rich are all funding massive projects designed to shift paradigms and enable cultural and technological transformation. Are...

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