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Thrillers in the Making January 1, 2007

Posted by gordonwatts in life, politics.

Sometimes I find myself reading the news and wondering exactly what Bourne-Identity like thing is going on behind the lines. The whole Gazprom affair, for example. Starting with the take-down of Yukos and then take over of the Royal-Dutch-Shell installation. And the power grab for distribution control in other countries (most recently in Belarus, but previously in Georgia). They have really taken things to new heights: not only do they want to run the pipes, but it would seem the country that the pipe runs through too. At the end of an article in the NYTimes I just read puts a whole new spin on things:

But the negotiations suggested that Russia’s political priorities had been surpassed by Gazprom’s economic ones.

I always thought that Russia’s politics was running Gazprom. What if it is the other way around? We need another Ludlum-like author to fill in the gaps!



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