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Bean Counting in Siberia: Even with the vodka and perestroika flowing, there was something missing

Traders Magazine, March 2004

Desmond MacRae

Eric Kennedy is glad he's back in the Big Apple. Despite the congestion, noise and the frantic pace, it beats Siberia. That's where Kennedy, a single 30-year-old who has just opened an agency trading firm, spent his early career while with the now shuttered Arthur Andersen. But let Kennedy, an outdoors type who has camped out in Russia's brutal landscape, explain it. "The Siberian lifestyle was mostly dreary and dark," he told Traders Magazine. Arthur Andersen placed him in Novosibirsk, a city of 1.6 million, which has huge supplies of oil and mineral wealth. The city has subways, buses, fast food, television and other conveniences.

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