A Plague Of Disjointed Ventures

In the seventh-floor corridor of Moscow's Radisson-Slavjanskaya Hotel, Paul E. Tatum hoists an electric drill and announces: "It's time." As his 10 bodyguards watch, the president of Americom Business Centers, which owns a 40% stake in the hotel, sets to work. He puffs and sweats as he buzzes away at the new lock that his estranged Russian partners have installed to keep him out of his office. Forty minutes later, Tatum, who is wearing a bulletproof vest under his dress shirt, breaks through. But the victory is fleeting. The Russians soon shut off his power.

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