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The World's Most Expensive Divorce, Russian-Style

Dmitri and Elena Rybolovlev are fighting a brutal battle over the Russian oligarch’s fortune. Tracking down and dividing the epic assets of one of the richest men on the planet is an endless task.

Ekaterina Rybolovleva and her $88 Million Crash Pad in NYC (fyinfodaily.com)
Ekaterina Rybolovleva and her $88 Million Crash Pad in NYC (fyinfodaily.com)
Agathe Duparc

GENEVA- On that day of December 2008 when Elena Rybolovleva decided to divorce her very rich and very unfaithful husband and ask him for $6.3 billion, she remembered a reflex that every wealthy Russian businessman has: profilaktika (or "prevention"). She wrote a letter to the General Prosecutor of Geneva (the city where she had been living since 1995) to warn him that if "anything" ever happened to her, her husband Dmitri Rybolovlev, the former fertilizer tycoon and Russia's 13th richest man, should be considered the No. 1 suspect.

The Ural-born oligarch was actually applying profilaktika when he was forced to quickly relocate his wife and daughter to Geneva in the 1990s, to protect them from the mafia.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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