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Archive for December, 2006

Putin wins the hearths and minds of Europe

Vladimir Putin is entitled to take immense satisfaction from 2006. The year opened with Russia cast as the great gas ogre, embroiled in a bruising "cold war" over supplies to Ukraine that also threatened to dim the lights from Poznan to Paris.
As 2006 closes, the state monopoly Gazprom has become the energy giant that ate [...]

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

Storm warning issued for Sakhalin, Kurile islands

A cyclone almost 2,000 kilometres in diameter is approaching Russia's Sakhalin and Kurile islands. A storm warning has been issued there, the Sakhalin department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reported on Wednesday.
It said precipitations and snowstorms are expected in southern regions of Sakhalin Island on Thursday. The visibility will be no more than [...]

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Russia strong-arms West

Inside the Kremlin last week, the executives of three major international companies - Royal Dutch Shell, Mitsubishi and Mitsui - heaped praise on the man whose government had effectively forced them to cede control of the world's largest combined oil and natural gas development.
"Thank you very much for your support," Shell's chief executive, Jeroen van [...]

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Debates around Sakhalin II over

The urgent visit to Moscow of top executives from companies that are participating in the Sakhalin II project and their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended with mutual satisfaction.
Royal Dutch/Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi agreed to let the Russian gas giant Gazprom joint the project. The sum they are to receive for it is unexpectedly [...]

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Russia defends its gas honor

This year has been the most eventful for Russia's energy policies since the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Moscow has convinced everyone that the many years of subsidized gas prices for neighboring economies are becoming a thing of the past and that it is firmly determined to defend the position of its energy industry on the [...]

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

3 Russians Sentenced to Jail for Firebombing Coast Guard General

A court in Russia's Far East on Monday sentenced three men to four years in prison each for carrying out a firebomb attack that killed a coast guard general and badly injured his wife.
The IHT reports that Major General Vitaly Gamov, who was in charge of the coast guard in the Russian Far East, died [...]

Monday, December 25th, 2006

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