Metals trader associated with the Reuben Brothers and donor to the Social Affairs Unit.
- around the middle of 1992, Reuben - along with his brother Simon and trusted aide Alan Bekhor - opened a Moscow office to gauge the situation. They found numerous market operators trying to muscle in on the aluminium trade, including existing plant managers and state-employed officials, a number of Yugoslavian traders and, in Bekhor's words, 'not a few small-time crooks'.
- Reuben's response was to take the biggest gamble of his business career. Rallying round contacts in the investment community, he raised enough hard currency to keep Krasnoyarsk supplied with alumina, the raw material that converts to the metal, and stumped up the working capital needed to keep the smelter going, a payment known in the industry as 'tolling'.
- Standpoint is funded for "at least" a year by the Social Affairs Unit, the independent think-tank linked to the Institute of Economic Affairs (the source of Margaret Thatcher's free-market thinking). One of the SAU's most generous backers is Alan Bekhor, the shipping magnate who has supported causes such as the Forum for European Philosophy and the British Academy's annual Elie Kedourie memorial lectures.