Oleg Korostelev was the 2009 Russia champion, and finished 4th place in the world at the 2009 World Championship.

From the 2009 World Championship press kit: "Richard's strategy is to play his opponents and to be flexible. His favorite token is the thimble because he used it in the final game of the United States MONOPOLY Championship. The best deal he has ever brokered was buying his first house. Richard's tip for other MONOPOLY players is to be flexible to get better deals, and to find the weakest player."