update from Roman Kupchinsky at Jamestown. While AFP categorizes it as “a row over energy between the two feuding states [Russia and Ukraine], Kupchinsky believes that what is really happening is a fight for control over Gazprom’s assets. On the one side is Medvedev who is trying to consolidate power. On the other side is Putin who Kupchinsky thinks may be losing control of Gazprom.
It’s all very interesting, and I agree with most of what Roman says. However, there have been other signs before this that there were issues within Gazprom. Not the least of which is the removal of Viktor Khristenko from Gazprom’s Board of Directors back in June at the annual shareholder’s meeting.