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Putin's Oil: The Yukos Affair and the Struggle for Russia


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Journalist Sixsmith narrates the battle over the assertion of state control over Russia's Yukos oil company, characterizing it as a negative turning point (a decisive turn away from liberalism) in Russia's political and economic history and as a titanic and bitter personal struggle between Vladimir Putin and oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. It is this personal rivalry that primarily structures the narrative, although of course political, legal, and economic developments play an important part in the story. Much of Sixsmith's reconstruction is based on personal interviews with key players. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Putin's Oil relates Vladimir Putin's war for control of Russia's vast oil reserves, in particular Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil firm, Yukos.


Table of Contents

IntroductionPART ONEChapter 1. Flight to the EastChapter 2. Into SiberiaChapter 3. "Put Down Your Guns!"PART TWOChapter 4. Boy from the KomsomolChapter 5. Gathering the TeamChapter 6. Computers and BanksChapter 7. August 1991Chapter 8. Sale of the Century?Chapter 9. Consolidating the GainsPART THREEChapter 10. New man in the KremlinChapter 11. Buying up the Duma?Chapter 12. Igor Sechin and the ‘Strongmen'Chapter 13. Showdown in the KremlinChapter 14. Looking for TroubleChapter 15. Pipelines and ProvocationChapter 16. Open RussiaChapter 17. Friends in the WestPART FOURChapter 18. The Family and the SilovikiChapter 19. More ArrestsChapter 20. Yukos and the Struggle for RussiaChapter 21. A Kremlin Double Cross?Chapter 22. Exile or JailChapter 23. Americans in TownChapter 24. The Exxon GaffeChapter 25. A Final Plea?Chapter 26. Arrest in SiberiaPART FIVEChapter 27. Counting the CostChapter 28. Trying to Stay AfloatChapter 29. The Abramovich ConnectionChapter 30. The Kremlin ExplainsChapter 31. Fight or FlightChapter 32. Khodorkovsky ShunnedPART SIXChapter 33. "Just like Al Capone"Chapter 34. Justice on TrialChapter 35. The Murder BusinessChapter 36. The Chechen ConnectionChapter 37. Hostages?Chapter 38. In the CampsChapter 39. Prophet in a Prison CellChapter 40. A battle of TitansPART SEVEN.Chapter 41. The UK ConnectionChapter 42. The British TroikaChapter 43. A Canadian GambitChapter 44. The Brits Bite Back.Chapter 45. Cashing in the ProfitsChapter 46. The Startled AccountantsChapter 47.  Traitors in the Ranks?Chapter 48. Hope Chapter 49. Hope AbandonedChapter 50. Light at the End of a Disaster?

Product Details

Sixsmith, Martin
Government - Comparative
'IUKOS (Firm)
Petroleum industry and trade
Industries - General
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Industries - Energy Industries
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Foreign Legal Systems
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9.42 x 8.36 x 1.09 in

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Business » General
Business » International
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Russia » Soviet States Post 1985
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Petroleum Geology

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