Truly talented writers are like fussy eaters. They often choose characters that match their personalities. Bestselling writers, from Alexandre Dumas to Agatha Christie, spiced their high-octane novels with Russian heroes and heroines embodying the essence of a restless soul, passionate heart and adventurous mind.
A mother of four and former English language teacher, Tatyana Bakalchuk set up a Russian version of Amazon from scratch and, in 2021, became Russia’s richest woman. Sounds like yet another success story from a glossy magazine about a “self-made woman”, doesn’t it? The trouble is, things aren’t quite what they seem. Here is our account of how Bakalchuk created her unreal wealth.