Tagged: Energy

Gazprom’s private army

The Russian Duma has today voted in favour of allowing Gazprom to form its own private army. Reuters reports: A law backed by 341 lawmakers in the 450-seat State Duma lower house of parliament...

Australia to export Uranium to Russia

Australia and Russia have signed a deal allowing¬†Australia to supply uranium to Russian nuclear reactors. Initially this struck me as rather odd – I’d always assumed that Russia was pretty much self-sufficient when it...

Joseph Nye – what Russia is doing wrong

Joseph Nye (the soft power guy) offers up four reasons why Russia will not be a major power in 2020: They are failing to diversify away from energy and develop a broad based economy...

How the Belarus oil story has grown

How the Belarus oil story has grown

I picked up some incoming traffic from Matthew Yglesias’ blog today. Wondering what was going on, I wondered over to his site, to find the following story about the Russian decision to shut down...

Oil wars

Oil wars

It looks as though Russia’s neighbours have made a New Year’s resolution for 2007 – to demonstrate to Russia that they too can flex their energy muscles. In the past few days: Belarus have...

Belarus reaches last minute deal with Russia over gas price

Belarus reaches last minute deal with Russia over gas price

Just minutes before Gazprom implemented their threat to cut of gas supplies to Belarus, a deal was reached to secure gas deliveries until 2011. Under the terms of the deal, Belarus will pay $100...

Belarus-Russia relations sour over gas deal

Belarus-Russia relations sour over gas deal

It looks as if relations between Belarus and Russia are becoming increasingly strained, as reports come through that no agreement has been reached on the future of gas prices.  Although there has been no...

Closed cities from the inside

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it...