Daily Archives: July 29, 2014


The Role of Oil and Gas in Russia’s State Economy

As Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Indeed, the opaque nature of Vladimir Putin’s most recent aggression in Ukraine – Russian-speaking “insurgents” with balaclava’s and unmarked uniforms, mysterious pipeline explosions followed by near real-time Russian media coverage, and a script that echoes past Russian adventures in Georgia, 2008 – tempt some in the West to explain away Putin’s actions to a sheer desire to […]