Putin, Gazprom and 'The Other Norwegian Company'

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Baev, Pavel K. (2006) Putin, Gazprom and 'The Other Norwegian Company', Eurasia Daily Monitor, 6 February.

Gazprom's interests evidently are equal to the Kremlin's interests, since Putin has proved this political theorem far beyond reasonable doubt.

There is, however, a larger problem with Putin's reference to Norway. His lieutenants, who developed a taste for managing energy businesses while looting Yukos, would be probably quite surprised to discover the scale of efforts in Norway aimed at securing the independence of Statoil and Norsk Hydro in running their business and also at making sure that the decision-making in the Ministry of Oil and Energy is not unduly influenced by the particular interests of these companies.

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Pavel K. Baev

Pavel K. Baev

Research Professor