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Archive for October 15th, 2006

Kunashir Island cut off from mainland after its airport closed

South Kuriles' Kuhashir Island has found itself in a transport blockade after its only airport Mendeleevo was closed early on Sunday because of its emergency condition.
The airport is situated ten kilometres away from Yuzhno-Kurilsk. On Saturday, two An-24 planes took 52 passengers from Kunashir to Sakhalin. Planes will not be landing at Mendeleevo until its [...]

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Oil, gas transforming Russian Far East

This gritty city on the south end of Sakhalin Island, Russia's oil-rich province in its far east, shows the face of a modernizing Russia.
In the early morning, streets are busy with traffic and smartly dressed young women and men who stride purposefully to work in modern office buildings.
The city bustles with new construction, including - [...]

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Oil and gas rights: the weapons of a new Cold War

In recent weeks, hardliners in the Kremlin have cancelled or renegotiated deals with Western firms in order to pursue Russia's national interests - but their plans may backfire
If there were any doubt about the ruthlessness with which Russia is executing its new nationalist energy policy, it was smashed last week. In an almost cursory announcement, [...]

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

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