It’s a sign of Russia’s modernity and turmoil that the busiest man in the country may be Genri Reznik. Modernity because Reznik is a late-night-cable kind of guy, a celebrity lawyer with telegenically undisciplined white hair and a voice that can soothe or command with equal facility. Turmoil because Reznik, who specializes in unpopular clients with unpopular causes, has all the work he can handle.

Reznik uses his knowledge of civil and criminal procedure to confound prosecutors and win over judges. His clients include Boris Yeltsin, whom he successfully defended in a 1997 slander case; the oligarch