BP’s new Russian partner sees Godfather films as “manual for life” according to newly released documents


WikiLeaks: BP's new Russian partner sees Godfather films as 'manual for life', Telegraph, February 1, 2011:

The relationship between BP and its Russian partners is analysed at length by US diplomats in documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph from the WikiLeaks website, with colourful descriptions of the main characters’ personalities and rivalries. ...

According to the TNK-BP chief operating officer, Tim Summers, [German Khan, the billionaire founder of the Alfa Group consortium and one of BP’s partners in Russia] told him during the trip “that The Godfather was his favourite movie, that he watched it every few months, and that he considered it a 'manual for life’.” ...

After the hunting trip, Mr Summers bought “a copy of The Godfather and said he watched it on a regular basis himself so as to better understand Khan and anticipate his [Mr Khan’s] tactics”.

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