At the end of Billions, Season 3, Episode 9, Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich) tells a story to Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) about the Christmas market in Moscow. He asks a question about what happened to a boy:
Andolov: Many years ago, I was walking along the Moskva Christmas market. You ever seen Moskva Christmas market? Always a sense of good cheer, even during the lean years.
I think it was the wine. They serve warm wine with the spices in it... cinnamon and...
I was waiting on the line — everyone was always waiting on the line — and finally I got my cup, I turn, and there was this little boy. Runny nose.
He looking at me so desirous of my cup of this warm, warm wine that I give him a sip. He stares at me with such a gratitude.
And then I notice his mother. Plump breasts. She must have known someone.
So I give him my cup of wine.
And I take his mother away from the square. Behind the soldiers. And after, I leave her for the soldiers.
And I walked back, and this little boy is staring at me with his greedy drunken eyes.
Do you know what happened to him?
Andolov: I always ask. No one ever knows.
What is the real meaning of this story? And how is it connected to the Axelrod – Andolov relationship?