Spinning Gold From The Old Iron Curtain

It's Friday night in Moscow, and dozens of BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes are pulling up to a remodeled pre-revolutionary building at 5 Kolpachny Pereulok. Decked out in suspenders and power ties, Russia's financiers are gathering to celebrate the opening of Alliance-Menatep, a unit of Moscow's powerful Menatep Bank. Flush with cash from currency trading and savvy investments, Menatep is sinking millions of dollars into Russia's rough-and-tumble stock market.

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