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Gazprom’s Board of Directors

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Gazprom’s Board of Directors election took place today.  Twice.  First, they re-elected the Government’s representatives (Shmatko, and Nabuillina).  Then they voted to kick them off the board because President Medvedev demanded it.  Everyone that is except for the Chairman, Viktor Zubkov (who should also have left under President Medvedev’s rules).

At first, I was really confused, but then I remembered that the election was originally scheduled for the 24th (last Friday), and had been postponed without explanation a few weeks ago.  So, quick snap analysis.

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Written by Nina Jobe

June 30, 2011 at 6:21 PM

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Shmatko vs Sobyanin?

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This story showed up in my Google Reader a few days ago because I have all the Deputy Prime Ministers in my Reader.  It struck me as a little odd, plus it needs to be added to the biographies.  Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko is now the co-chairman of the Russian-Bulgarian economic and scientific-technological cooperation commission.  The switch from Sobyanin makes sense on the technical side.  Shmatko has more experience abroad, and he is a member of Gazprom.

I do not usually buy into decisions made on qualifications.  On the other hand, I have not really been able to categorise these two.  Sobyanin could go either way, while Shmatko appears to be more closely tied to Medvedev.  So it could totally be another attack in the Clan War, but I am not quite ready to label it as one.

Written by Nina Jobe

December 1, 2009 at 9:30 PM

Yalta 2

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Though, of course, the topic was totally different.

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November 19, 2009 at 11:46 PM

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KGB Inc.

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Interesting article by Nina L Krushcheva on the make-up of the energy corporations.  According to Krushcheva:

About 30% of the Kremlin elite used to work with the secret services or still do, and an astounding 80% are associated with either the Russian or Soviet-era military-industrial complex.

These numbers do not particularly surprise me.  Although, I think that the first number seems a little low.  Even so, I wholeheartedly recommend this article, along with “Russia’s Significant Seven“.  The Seven that Potts refers to are from Forbes Russia’s editor Maxim Kashulinsky.  According to Kashulinsky, the Seven are:

1. Vladimir Putin;

2. Igor Sechin;

3. Dmitry Medvedev;

4. Alexei Kudrin;

5. Vagit Alekperov (Lukoil President);

6. Oleg Deripaska (Basic Element);

7. Patriarch Kirill.

I get why he chose these people, I just do not know that I would choose Alexei Kudrin over Slava, and Oleg Deripaska over… choose your own oligarch.  Because, let’s face it, while Vagit is at least independent (per Kashulinsky), Deripaska is almost entirely dependent on VVP.  It is the nature of the system.

Written by Nina Jobe

November 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Okhta Centre: The Saga Continues

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Article at Radio Free Europe on Okhta Centre.

Writing on the gazeta.ru news site, political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky suggested it had long been clear “the corncob would most likely never get built,” adding that Gazprom’s total debt “has reached $60 billion — that is, 30 corncobs.”

The energy giant, he concluded, “would have a hard time finding an extra $2 billion to build a business center. One which, if you look at it carefully and think it through, no one needs.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nina Jobe

October 26, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Okhta Centre

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If you find it a little odd that I keep writing about this subject, I do too.  It should technically have nothing to do with the Power Vertical, but as I noted in my previous post on this subject, it is turning into a possible Clan War.  It is also something that is close to my heart because I lived in Peter for 4 months at Uni.  And if I were there now, I would so have been out there with the protesters last weekend.  To me this is just another example of the complete lack of respect that the Putin regime has for its country, and its citizens.

P.S. Watch the video in this article entitled “Miller, put your phallus away!”  It is worth it for the sign alone.  Actually, just watch all the videos.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 15, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Alexander Avdeyev

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is totally my hero right now.  Of course, he will probably fall flat on his face, but at least he is taking a stand  on Gazprom Tower (I am still confused as to the real name… hang on… here it is: Okhta Centre).  Again, think of Smolnyy, people of Petersburg!  And your status as a World Heritage Site!

One problem, AP, Alexander Avdeyev is not all that powerful.  He has had an impressive career, but he may be taking on too much with both Gazprom, and Valentina Matvienko.  This could turn out to be the end of his career, or at least the beginning of a clan war.

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October 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Dzhakhan Pollyeva Part 2

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Well, Medvedev actually did follow through.  Dzhakhan Pollyeva is no longer the President’s speech writer.  Quite frankly, she was not much of one, and DAM is probably better off without her.  I do not know much about Dzhakhan’s replacement, other than that she seems to be the same person the original rumour believed to be the replacement, Eva Vasilevskaya. The Moscow Times reports: “Vasilevskaya was an aide to Medvedev when he was first deputy prime minister and previously worked in the press office of Gazprom [when Medvedev was there].”

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has updated their Russian language website, but Dzhakhan is still listed as “Presidential Aide” with no job description, or even an outline of her responsibilities.  However, if you click on the link “Presidential Speechwriter’s Office” (Референтура Президента, in Russian), Eva’s name is posted.  Her official title is “Chief of the Presidential Speechwriters’ Bureau”.  We’ll see if this switch makes a huge difference.  I rather doubt it will because, once again, all Putinania needs is a warm body.

EDIT: More info on Eva and rumours of a possible reshuffle from FT.

Gazprom

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continues its quest for world domination.  Great job, guys!  But I still want your adverts online.  Also, I am voting no on the “Corn Palace” (it seriously does look like a corn cob).  Think of Smolnyy!

A couple more thoughts on Gazprom from FT.com, and from Alexei Miller.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 2, 2009 at 4:17 PM

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Birthday Greetings

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I have sat through a lot of birthday greetings over the past three years.  In general the greetings are poem-like in structure, and while I have no doubt they are sincere, they are pretty horrible.  But what do you expect from a country where the birthday song is horrendously depressing?  I have always kind of wondered why the song ends “it’s a pity, a birthday only comes once a year.”  Why?  Your birthday sounds like it is awful, why would you want two (or more) in one year?

All that to say, Alexei Miller has a birthday greeting to Rem Vyakhirev.  If you do not know the story of Rem Vyakhirev, let me give you a quick summary: Rem was the former head of Gazprom.  A pretty shady character (who wasn’t in the 90s?), Rem was ousted by Putin & Co in 2001.  Apparently, there is no enmity on either side for this because Alexei Miller recently awarded him “with Gazprom Highest Mark of Distinction “For Outstanding Services”, No.1.” on the occasion of Rem’s 75th birthday.  

In addition to award, Alexei Borisovich said to Rem: “On the occasion of your anniversary, please, accept our best wishes for sound health, happiness, prosperity and active longevity.”  This does not rhyme in English, and I do not think it rhymes in Russian, either, which I find disappointing.  Also, I don’t think it is as cool as mine, even though mine needs more work… maybe I should just repost the words to the Russian Birthday Song. Or, this is a better idea, you can watch the video here.

Written by Nina Jobe

September 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Clan War

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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.

Written by Nina Jobe

September 8, 2009 at 12:54 PM

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