August 23, 2010 — Contents

MONDAY AUGUST 23  CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL: In Putin’s Russia, the law is for Sale

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russian Inflation, on the Warpath

(3)  Know-nothing Russians wallow in Ignorance

(4)  The Contours of Russian Paranoia

(5)  Clueless Putin betrays Russia

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on the mighty Pajamas Media mega blog details the horrifying fact that accounting major KPMG is actively supporting and funding the Putin-Jugend known as Nashi and their festival of neo-Soviet horror known as Seliger. Did somebody say “boycott”?

NOTE:  On August 31 there will be a demonstration by “Article 31” in London at 7 pm at 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP, in support of demonstrators’ right to peaceably assemble under Article 31 of the Russian Constitution.  Your support is needed.  Further information on the Facebook page.

4 responses to “August 23, 2010 — Contents

  1. Looks like the Russians are about to get shafted by Turkmenistan…

    Not surprising given the behavior of Russia towards them, you know, blowing up pipelines, refusing to honor contracts the usual sort of Russian behavior.

    Turkmenistan Tips Its Hand On Future Energy Exports

    Russia Left Out In The Cold?

    The most glaring absence from Berdymukhammedov’s plans is Russia, which has extensive control of the Soviet-era export pipelines on which Turkmenistan depends, and which just two years ago was buying some 40- 50 bcm of gas, accounting for about 90 percent of Turkmenistan’s exports.

    That, however, was before Russian-Turkmen gas relations soured at the start of 2009 due to a price dispute, and took a nasty turn in the spring when the main pipeline carrying Turkmen gas to Russia exploded. After that, supplies stopped completely, and the blame game began.

    Russia eventually worked out a new deal, but it called for only a quarter of what Turkmenistan used to supply.

    Berdymukhammedov’s failure to mention Russia can be taken as a sign that relations have not improved and that Turkmenistan is looking beyond Russia for customers.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Turkmenistan_Tips_Its_Hand_On_Future_Energy_Exports/2134389.html

    • Hi Andrew,

      As usual you are pot on with your excellent articles. However I don’t think sales of their “Turkmen” gas, by Turkmenistan to Russian, is not such a big deal to them. As China has recently built a new pipeline from China to Turmenistan and thereby cutting out middleman Russia out of the financial deal – much to Russia’s chagrin.

      Russia’s displeasure at this deal is obvious to all except the ‘Ruski’ blockheads that are ruining – oops I mean running – that nation.

      This was one of the reasons, along with the low price paid, that Russia was forced to re-negotiate its gas purchase deal for Turkmen gas.

      I just hope all the other Russian gas purchasers wake up this Putin ploy to control world liquid natural gas (LNG) prices and start purchasing direct from Turkmenistan at a much lower price. This step may require building new pipelines to transport the product, but the long term benefit will be there.

      After all Turmenistan has huge natural gas resources!

  2. Check out this link – IKEA – RUSSIA – CORRUPTION – FOREIGN POLICY. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/08/16/bed_bath_and_bribes

  3. Apologies for the word “pot” in the first paragraph – it should read “spot”.

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