Marty Zug moved to Russia after he graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in 1992, despite having no firm job offers there, The (Gaithersburg, Md.) Gazette reports. In 1996, after a project management stint at a logistics firm in Moscow, he opted to pursue a master's degree in business administration at Dartmouth College. Later, Zug worked at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, then Snyder Communications in Bethesda, Md., and eventually for the Washington Redskins — he served as the National Football League team's vice president for two years.

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