Alexander "Sasha" Vaksberg, Russian billionaire talking to Arkady Renko, police investigator and official embarrassment in the novel Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith.
This sort of explains why it has taken Russia 20 odd years to get sorted out, well, as much as they have. I am pretty sure nobody really knows how any economy works. People just keep trying things. Some of them work, some of them don't.
"Three Stations" is the local's name for Kosmosol Square in Moscow, Russia, so called because there are three main railway stations there. You can see all three stations easily in this satellite view from Google Maps.