Joe Magee / Portrait of Roman Abramovich for Courrier International

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October 3, 2018 7:11 am


Joe Magee’s portrait of billionaire Russian businessman and owner of London’s Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, who embodies ‘Londongrad’—wealthy elite Russians living in the city—for Courrier International.

According to the article, “Mais ou est passé Roman Abramovich?,” the recent Novichok nerve agent scandal is ending the laissez-faire attitude toward oligarchs settled in the country. Visas are being restricted and Abramovich has reportedly not set foot in Britain for six months.

Magee’s image of blood on the face of the oligarch as the Kremlin’s wheels replace his brain and one of his eyes while Moscow’s most familiar buildings stand alongside Big Ben and serve as his satirical crown is a brilliant example of the power of political illustration.

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