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Archive for December 19th, 2006

The Putin Puzzle Revisited

You have to admire the perseverance of Western energy investors in Russia, whom no amount of suspicious deaths, arbitrary contract abrogation or naked shakedowns can discourage.
Although Shell is being muscled out of a $20 billion deal to develop the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas field, and even though American minority shareholders got wiped out along with [...]

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Russian airports: Kama Sutra and feral cats

To understand contemporary Russia, consider its airports

Working as a journalist in Russia, with its eleven time zones, its endless steppe and perpetual taiga, means spending a lot of time in the air. It involves flying in planes so creaky that landing in one piece is a pleasant surprise -then disembarking in airports so inhospitable that [...]

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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