Michael Calvey is a US-born financier who made his fortune in post-Communist Russia before he was unjustly incarcerated. He was a founder and Co-Senior Partner of Baring Vostok, the largest private equity firm in Russia, Kazakhstan and other post-Soviet nations, from 1994 to 2022. Baring Vostok was a lead investor in some of the best-performing companies across global funds – including Yandex, Kaspi, Tinkoff, Ozon, CTC Media and Burren Energy – earning massive investor returns while contributing enormously to post-Communist Russia’s growing prosperity. But beyond his commercial success, he immersed himself in the Russian way of life, living for almost thirty years in Moscow, learning the language, marrying a Russian woman and forging an unmatched network of personal connections.
Then, in 2019, he was arrested on charges trumped up by local business rivals and thrown into the notorious Matrosskaya Tishina prison. The story of his incarceration and prosecution garnered headlines across the world. Now, he tells his side of the story for the first time, drawing on notes and diaries he kept at the time, providing not only a reflection on how his own life was turned upside down, but giving an insider’s glimpse into Putin’s secretive justice system at a pivotal moment in modern Russia’s relationship with the West. Using his much sought-after analytical skills, the author recounts the roller-coaster of his experiences with admirable calmness and composure, always informed by his expert understanding of the geopolitical fault lines. It is a story he alone can tell.
Calvey is currently Chairman of Baring Private Equity Global, which has around $5 billion in assets under management. After Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, Baring Vostok sold all its Russian assets and is now focused on other international markets. Calvey is a US citizen and resides in Switzerland and the UK.