Coverage of issues surrounding expropriation of business by the Russian state

Russia’s Murky Energy Future

The National Interest, Robert A. Manning: Earlier this month, the U.S. House approved a bill to establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia, also a newly-minted member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). These moves toward integrating the country … Continue reading

How Putin Is Turning Russia Into One Big Enron

The Moscow Times: In a few quick decisions, PresidentVladimir Putinhas devastated Russia’s energy policy. This daring radical change of strategy will primarily hit state revenues. The essence of these policy changes is renationalization, a massive increase in capital expenditure and … Continue reading

Khodorkovsky Criticizes Rosneft Takeover of TNK-BP

The Moscow Times: Jailed businessmanMikhail Khodorkovskyhas criticizedRosneft’s deal to take over British-Russian joint venture TNK-BP, saying PresidentVladimir Putinis leading the country toward “state capitalism” in an interview published Wednesday. Commenting on the deal, which Putin approved Oct. 22, the former Yukos head told Forbes magazine … Continue reading

“Everything is in the hands of the authorities,” – Alexey Kudrin, Chairman of the Committee of Civil Initiatives

Vedomosti: Alexey Kudrin – on Dmitry Medvedev’s government reforms, purchase by Rosneft of TNK-BP and the present political situation […] The deal between Rosneft and TNK-BP is wrong – I believe that this deal [purchase by Rosneft of TNK-BP] is … Continue reading