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Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: May 9, 2011 Reporting From: Santiago, Chile

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, History, personal and business on May 9, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Sovereign Man
Notes from the Field
Date: May 9, 2011
Reporting From: Santiago, Chile

With great regret, I must report that one of my closest friends was laid to rest yesterday morning in New York City. Yury was aged only 49 years, and his untimely departure from this physical world will undoubtedly leave a void of class and humanity in our society.

The relationship I had with Yury was very deep. He was truly one of the greatest, most interesting men that I have ever known. Originally from Russia, he grew up during the Soviet Union… and when the wall fell, he ended up as a refugee migrating slowly across Europe.

He first lived on the streets in Italy, eating thrown-out table scraps and washing windshields for spare change. Eventually, he made his way to New York City, then the pinnacle of civilization. He became a taxi driver, saved his money, and put himself through Columbia Business School.

After a short stint as an investment banker, Yury struck out on his own building a number of multimillion-dollar enterprises solely on his guts and ability to create value.

He was truly a Sovereign Man, setting up companies and making investments all over the world ranging from recruiting in Eastern Europe to real estate in Latin America to resource companies in Africa.

Yury was the kind of person who was comfortable anywhere: Delhi, Cape Town (one of our favorite cities), London, Panama…you name it, Yury was there. He could BS with people in more languages than anyone else I knew, and he was easily one of the best-connected guys on the planet.

Yury was an experience all on his own. He was a salsa champion. An accomplished practitioner of ninjutsu. A vegan. A motorcycle enthusiast. A traveler. A philosopher.

Any story starting out with “One time Yury and I…” was bound to be hilarious. His life was worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, and like one of our mutual heroes, Bruce Lee, Yury left us way before his time.

Most of all, Yury was the kind of person who knew how to be a friend.

He believed in loyalty, and if you were in his circle, your problems became his problems. In fact, my relationship with Yury is one of the reasons why I believe so adamantly in building strong networks with like-minded people: Yury was the quintessential ally who would always be in your corner.

Having spent his youth in the Soviet Union, Yury used to discuss with me the alarming similarities he saw between his homeland and his adopted country: the size of government; the growing police presence; the state involvement in the economy; the corruption in the money system; the overseas military campaigns.

He had deep concerns, and he wanted to take steps to prepare for what might happen. Together, we sorted out better structures, stronger compliance, and unique citizenship options. (Yury had to give up his Russian citizenship when he became a naturalized American… a move he grew to regret.)

On that note, some readers may recall about 18-months ago, I wrote on our website about ‘citizenship by adoption.’ Despite the volume of questions we received afterwards, I never mentioned it again after that.

You should understand that Matt, Tim, and I don’t recommend anything on this website or our premium service unless we have gone through it ourselves, or someone in our inner circle has gone through it.

There are a lot of scams and erroneous information out there that that all the monkey-see, monkey-do websites just keep circulating as fact. This is dangerous, and it annoys me like crazy when I see people dish out expat information who clearly have no idea what they’re talking about.

We’ve allowed ourselves to be fleeced a number of times over the years by crooked service providers, all so that you don’t have to be… and in order to be absolutely certain when we make a recommendation to you.

We wanted to be certain about the adoption process before writing anything else about it, and Yury was one member of our inner circle going through it. I can’t share any more details than that for now, but suffice it to say that it was one of the things that we were both looking forward to… and soon.

There is no justice that the written or spoken word can do for the greatness of my friend now passed. He was such a spiritual being, and I take solace in knowing that his body is now being returned to the great cosmos with which he was so connected.

If nothing else, even to those who didn’t have the privilege of knowing him, Yury’s untimely passing should serve as yet another reminder that this wonderful experiment of life in which we are all now enjoying participation can fade at any moment for any or all of us. Yury certainly lived his life with such an outlook.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

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