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Ben Mezrich traces Berezovsky’s story, presenting along the way, mysteries of those who fled the “new” Russian, only to be found dead later, to painful Polonium poisoning, or from a simple gunshot. Told in a story form, with re-created likely dialogue, Mezrich’s Once Upon a Time in Russian moves quickly, providing insight into the lives of the powerful, the rich and the famous. The price of corruption and cronyism are made clear, as are the consequences of a powerful government not constrained by the traditions of honesty and of service to the masses, and of a media serving not the everyday man, but rather, an ideology. In this way, Once Upon a Time in Russia serves as both an historical rendition of Russia’s recent days, and as a warning to those whose first allegiance is not to openness, but to a particular political orientation.