This video was uploaded to Youtube in October last year, but the original interview was actually done in February 2010, almost a year ago.
At this time, Antonov was persona-non-grata in terms of being part of Saab’s ownership structure. In fact, this interview was recorded less than a week after the Saab deal was closed, so the wounds to his reputation must have still been quite raw.
The interview covers his part in the initial offer, as well as plans that he had to build Saabs in Russia, based on older technology and to be sold in Russia and other CIS countries for around $12,000.
The opening is in Swedish, but Antonov speaks in English.
The reason I’m running this again now is twofold:
a) when it was new, it was only available on Rapport’s own website. I’ve only just discovered it on Youtube, but more importantly,
To my knowledge, he hasn’t taken a stake in Saab as yet. But I’m quite sure that’s a distinct possibility for the future. He was clearly unhappy about not being on board from the beginning and I think he has a personal point to prove about helping Saab become estalished and successful.