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GAZPROM ON THE BRINK OF CHANGE

By Sergei Kolchin The management changes that took place in Gazprom in 2001--with Aleksei Miller replacing Rem Vyakhirev in the corporation's top job--were just the first of a number of

RUSSIAN OIL AND THE IRAQI FACTOR

By Sergei Kolchin World oil prices have a considerable--if not decisive--influence both on the progress of the Russian economy as a whole and on its prospects for development. The government's

THE BATTLE FOR RUSSIA’S OIL CONTINUES

By Sergei Kolchin Recent economic events in Russia have been viewed mainly from the perspective of paying off Russia's debts to the West, and where to secure the funds to

THE CASPIAN MISSES OUT ON THE CURRENT OIL BOOM

By Sergei Kolchin The world energy crisis of 2000--though it is not yet officially known as such--caught the primary energy consumers unawares. The sudden leap in oil prices demanded an

SOME PRESIDENTS ARGUE, OTHERS NEGOTIATE

By Sergei Kolchin While former President Boris Yeltsin was taking offense at his "friend Bill" for failing to understand Russia's actions in Chechnya, about which he spoke in no uncertain

RUSSIA AND BAKU OIL: NEW ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM

By Sergei Kolchin In the Soviet Union, Caspian oil was seen as the superpower's strategic back-up. Back then, it was economically viable to develop the huge West Siberian reserves, which

THE OIL INDUSTRY FACES A DIFFICULT CHOICE

By Sergei Kolchin On the threshold of 1999 the Russian oil industry suddenly found itself again faced with a difficult choice: to progress along the familiar lines of restructuring by

RUSSIA’S LARGEST OIL COMPANIES: THE SITUATION TODAY

By Sergei Kolchin The two main export sectors in Russian industry--the oil and natural gas industries--are developing in fundamentally different directions. The oil industry is moving toward a competitive environment