For the men running Anji, Dagestan’s pain is what gives their project a moral power. At the end of our conversation, Tkachenko says that five or six years ago, Kerimov considered buying Paris Saint-Germain, or AS Roma. Then he changed his mind. “Paris or Roma, that is a toy,” the agent says. “Here it is not a toy. Here it is the motherland. It is reputation. It is everything.”
Very interesting read about Anzhi Makhachkala and how a billionaire-backed football club figures into some very complex regional politics. Worth noting this is the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s favourite club. Good bit of perspective about Dagestan and its Islamic sects.
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