Gollar: At that time, Yeltsin gave the people vouchers, but most of them didn’t know what to do with them. I said to Vainstein, “Please buy for us whatever vouchers you can put your hand on, for up to $100,000.” But he said to me: ‘First of all, you can’t buy any vouchers because you’re not Russian, and secondly, what do you want with these worthless pieces of paper? People are throwing them away!’”
I said: “But we have a Russian company, buy them through the company!”
He still refused.
Had he bought these vouchers, the $100,000 would have become a huge fortune. When Sasha ﬁnally realized what a huge opportunity it was, it was already too late.
At some point I began to realize that Sasha was actually our only guide and guardian in Russia, or as he put it — “our ears and eyes.” And now he didn’t have time for anything anymore. As a person prone to anxiety and depression, these constant worries made me very depressed again.