Articles Written by Mark Kurlyandchik

A Soviet-born, Detroit-bred journalist and writer, Mark is currently a student at UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where he reports on the food and businesses of San Francisco's Mission District. Before furthering his studies, he was a senior editor at a monthly general-interest magazine in the Motor City. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penelope. Follow him on Google+.


After Pulling Off Huge Bank Heists, ISIS Wants To Return To Gold Currency

After Pulling Off Huge Bank Heists, ISIS Wants To Return To Gold Currency

18 Dec 2015 @ 4AM PST

ISIS has looted between $500 million and $1 billion from banks in Iraq and Syria, and now wants to return to gold currency.

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How ISIS Collects $1 Billion in Taxes Per Year

How ISIS Collects $1 Billion in Taxes Per Year

16 Dec 2015 @ 4AM PST

In a single year, ISIS brings in close to a billion dollars in "taxes" that are strong-armed from people living within its territory.

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Believe It Or Not, Saudi Arabia Could Go Totally BROKE In Just 5 Years!

Believe It Or Not, Saudi Arabia Could Go Totally BROKE In Just 5 Years!

20 Nov 2015 @ 4AM PST

Cheap oil could bankrupt Saudi Arabia and further destabilize the Middle East.

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Natalia Potanina's Quest To Become The Richest Ex-Wife In History

Natalia Potanina's Quest To Become The Richest Ex-Wife In History

02 Nov 2015 @ 4AM PST

Natalia Potanina, the scorned ex-wife of Russia's richest oligarch has granted her first public interview about the cold treatment she's received from her husband of 30 years.

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Crazy Russian Billionaire Spotlight: Mikhail Fridman

Crazy Russian Billionaire Spotlight: Mikhail Fridman

24 Sep 2015 @ 4AM PDT

Few of the original Russian oligarchs maintain their fortunes and influence in the Putin era. Mikhail Fridman is one exception.

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Crazy Russian Billionaire Spotlight: Vladimir Potanin…

Crazy Russian Billionaire Spotlight: Vladimir Potanin…

09 Sep 2015 @ 12PM PDT

Spotlight on Vladimir Olegovich Potanin, the richest Russian oligarch of them all.

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The World's 10 Richest Media Moguls

The World's 10 Richest Media Moguls

02 Sep 2015 @ 4AM PDT

A handful of families control a large swath of the media, with just a few individual exceptions. These are the world's richest media moguls.

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The 10 Richest Presidential Candidates Of All Time

The 10 Richest Presidential Candidates Of All Time

05 Aug 2015 @ 6AM PDT

The richest presidential candidates throughout history, whose personal war chests failed to win over the American public.

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The 10 Richest Presidential Candidates

The 10 Richest Presidential Candidates

16 Jul 2015 @ 5PM PDT

Breaking down the net worths of the 10 richest candidates running for president in 2016.

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The Absolutely Incredible Life And Death Of The Original Russian Oligarch, Boris Berezovsky

The Absolutely Incredible Life And Death Of The Original Russian Oligarch, Boris Berezovsky

07 Jul 2015 @ 5AM PDT

Car bombs, billion dollar lawsuits, feuds with Vladimir Putin… Boris Berezovsky, the original Russian oligarch, isn't a household name in America but his life story is waiting for a Hollywood treatment.

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