Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has crafted an ambitious agenda; two key planks of which are fighting Russia’s endemic problem with corruption and moving the national economy away from its reliance on extraction-based industries (primarily oil and natural gas production) towards more value-adde
Putin's Oil has all the makings of a thriller novel: conspiracies, Kremlin politics, double agents, corporate espionage, mysterious deaths, and exile to Siberia. Except this is the true story of how then-president Vladimir Putin wrestled control of the oil giant Yukos, once one of Russia's most successful companies, from Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Ed Hancox delves into the machinations that landed a one-time billionaire in a Siberian prison.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev covered a lot of ground in his annual state-of-the-nation address on Thursday, but the after-speech reports were dominated by talk of time zones, YouTube clips and the body language of Vladimir Putin.