While other Russian oligarchs endure jail or self-imposed exile, Mikhail Fridman has emerged as the Russian businessman who does his best not to offend the Kremlin. Of course we lobby our interests in Parliament, he told a British paper last year, but we dont get involved in politics. Estimated to be Russias third-richest man, with a fortune of more than $4 billion, the 40-year-old Fridman has taken out an insurance policy selling half his TNK oil company to BP, the British oil giant. The deal earned Fridman and fellow TNK partners and oligarchs Viktor Vekselberg and Len Blavatnik nearly $7 billion. It also gave them powerful allies in the form of BP and the British government, which blessed the February 2003 deal. Another part of Fridmans business empire, Alfa Bank, suffered a run on its deposits in early July but appears to have weathered the storm.