Mark Seidenfeld was just another American cashing in on the post-Soviet boom. Then one bad deal in Kazakhstan sent his life into a spiral of extortion, siberian prison, and frontier justice. A cautionary tale.
Do you remember when oil blew through the $50-a-barrel mark? The anguish and fear were palpable. The markets shuddered. After crude first crossed the $60 line in 2005, oil companies were called to testify in Washington. A national panic seemed to be setting in.