Russia

Turkmenistan has started to sell gas to China through the world’s longest natural gas pipeline as it continues to develop an international export market for its vast energy reserves. Read more

Mol Duna refineryHungary is taking no chances with control of Mol (MOL:BUD), the national oil company. After announcing a €2.88bn deal to buy back a controversial 21.2 per cent stake from Surgutneftgaz, the secretive Russian energy group, Budapest is proposing to up its stake further, to up to 24 per cent. Read more

Kiran Stacey

Wikileaks has an impeccable sense of timing. As Hilary Clinton meets counterparts from Arctic nations in Greenland to talk about oil, the whistle blowing website publishes a raft of cables showing just how much international tension the country’s natural resources have provoked. Read more

Serious interest in buying Poland’s Lotos Group has come only from Russian companies, making the sale of the government-owned refiner politically problematic before this autumn’s parliamentary election. Read more

Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, touring Mognitogorsk metal works March 2011President Dmitry Medvedev has grumbled more than once about ministers holding top jobs at state-controlled companies – and to little effect. But this time it seems to be for real.

After Medvedev late on Wednesday ordered the removal of ministers from state enterprise boards by mid-year, Arkady Dvorkovich, his economic aide, followed up on Thursday and named names, starting with Igor Sechin, deputy prime minister, and Alexei Kudrin, finance minister. This is serious – and Moscow is rife with speculation about what it all means.

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Vladimir Putin has been regaling TV viewers with his memories of the good old Soviet days when electricity was cheap and Russians paid their utility bills on the nail. But fond stories from the Russian prime minister’s past may just rub salt in the wounds of his people as a sharp increase in energy prices kicks in. Read more

Kiran Stacey

BP’s partnership with Rosneft was remarkable for a number of reasons, not least that it was done against the wishes of BP’s partners in TNK-BP and was the first equity partnership between a private international and a public national oil company. It is also a partnership not limited to developing Russian assets only: the two parties have a 50/50 ownership of Ruhr Oel, a German refining joint venture. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Alexander Medvedev, deputy chief executive of Gazprom, answers your questions.
In this second post, he answers questions on support from Vladimir Putin, the likelihood of a deal between South Stream and Nabucco and future Russian gas demand. Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Alexander Medvedev, deputy chief executive of Gazprom, answers your questions.
In the first of two posts, he discusses changes to gas pricing, how reliable a partner his company is for EU countries and how Gazprom will respond to the shale gas boom.
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Kiran Stacey

Many thanks for all your questions for Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of the film the entire natural gas world is talking about: Gasland. His answers will appear on this site on Friday, February 11th.
Next week, the person in the hotseat will be Alexander Medvedev, deputy chief executive of Gazprom and head of Gazprom’s exports. Read more