The bar and restaurant is owned by Russian entrepreneur Arkady Novikov - a personal friend of Vladimir Putin. Novikov, 55, owns over 50 restaurants, including four in London, opening Novikov Restaurant & Bar in 2012.
Novikov Telegram The Soviet telegram was sent by Nikolai Novikov from the Washington embassy. It was the belief of Novikov that the United States no longer wished to work together with the Soviet Union and wished to start a war. This informed much of the protective measures which the Soviet Union placed in Europe.