Rise of an Oligarch

By Carlito Sofer & Nik Krasno

Thriller, Action & adventure | Paperback, eBook


When Ukrainian oligarch Mikhail Vorotavich is close to achieving his ambition of topping the Forbes rich list, an assassination attempt leaves him in a coma and his vast business empire rapidly descends into turmoil. Laying in a hospital bed, Mikhail’s uncensored life story from a poor Jewish boy in communist USSR to disgustingly rich businessman in independent Ukraine, full of corruption, scheming, sex, drugs and violence, flashes in his mind’s eye. He has done it all: racketeering protection, drug trafficking, arms dealing, raiding privatised factories, dodgy infrastructure projects and money laundering. Aspiring to get legit he moves to London, but behind his new pretended façade nothing really changes. And the higher Mikhail climbs the wider is the circle of enemies that want him dead. Meanwhile, his partners, in a quest to discover who is behind the attack, stumble upon a conspiracy that, if realised, would change the world order. The mighty adversaries will stop at nothing. Conspiracies, old scores, powerful enemies and the blurred lines between decency and corruption all surface. Packed with remarkable characters and exotic scenes, humorous and philosophical at times, Rise of an Oligarch is a thriller set against the background of a young Ukrainian state striving to embrace capitalist democracy. Rise of an Oligarch is the book that oligarchs do not want you to read.


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When Ukrainian oligarch Mikhail Vorotavich is close to achieving his ambition of topping the Forbes rich list, an assassination attempt leaves him in a coma and his vast business empire rapidly descends into turmoil. Laying in a hospital bed, Mikhail’s uncensored life story from a poor Jewish boy in communist USSR to disgustingly rich businessman in independent Ukraine, full of corruption, scheming, sex, drugs and violence, flashes in his mind’s eye. He has done it all: racketeering protection, drug trafficking, arms dealing, raiding privatised factories, dodgy infrastructure projects and money laundering. Aspiring to get legit he moves to London, but behind his new pretended façade nothing really changes. And the higher Mikhail climbs the wider is the circle of enemies that want h...


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Nik Krasno was born in Kiev, USSR in the seventies. At the age of 17, seeing the enormous Soviet Empire crumbling around him, Nik immigrated to Israel, where he studied law in Tel Aviv University. He became a lawyer at the age of 23. Returning to now independent Ukraine in the late nineties as an Israeli citizen, Nik established with partners an international law firm and managed it during its first years. He built the firm's reputation and later supervised its work from an Israeli law office. As a lawyer Nik counselled a wide range of multinational sovereign, corporate and individual clients, engaged in diverse areas and industries. Nik holds an LLB degree from Israel and an LLM degree from Ukraine. Simultaneously with promoting his law office, Nik worked for an international business group and took part in different projects primarily in real estate as well as in privatisation, defence, medicine and telecommunications in Ukraine and some other countries, such as Moldova, Russia, Poland and Lithuania. He has been sharing his time between family in Israel and work and business mostly in former USSR countries. After selling his share in the law office, Nik currently resides and works as an independent legal practitioner and an author in Israel. Nik is married + 4.


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Nik Krasno was born in Kiev, USSR in the seventies. At the age of 17, seeing the enormous Soviet Empire crumbling around him, Nik immigrated to Israel, where he studied law in Tel Aviv University. He became a lawyer at the age of 23. Returning to now independent Ukraine in the late nineties as an Israeli citizen, Nik established with partners an international law firm and managed it during its ...


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