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Russian Oil and Gas Complex in Russian Politics: the Year of “Big Elections”

  • ID: 34386
  • Report
  • August 2003
  • Region: Russia
  • 60 pages
  • National Energy Security Fund
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In the face of the scandal around Yukos and other politically motivated campaigns the Ccpr experts have an occasion to analyze political activities of the Russian largest fuel and energy companies - for these activities are directly or indirectly connected with the struggle for the power on the threshold of the “Big 2003-2004 Elections”.

The new report of the Ccpr reveals major methods used to politically support activities of oil corporations as well as channels through which they lobby their interests in the governmental bodies.

Interests, stakes, strategies and levels of the oil companies' formal and non-formal influence on the Russian political processes are in the spotlight of our experts’ attention.

The report thrashes out the following topics:

- Political struggle for the Russian fuel& energy complex.

Supporters of the solid-state power vs. adherers of privatization. Two trends of the political elite promise two strategies of the fuel& energy complex' development.

- Scandal with Yukos recognized as a ‘pilot project’ of the fuel and energy complex' nationalization.

‘Predators’ and ‘victims’. Attacks on Yukos as ‘watershed’ for the Russian political elite.

- Mechanisms that oil and gas companies use to lobby their interests in the federal authorities.

Approaches of state and private companies to fight for their own interests. Their successes and blunders.

- Duma elections and stance of the energy complex.

Who do oil magnates stake on? An attempt of vertically integrated companies to carve up the State Duma.

- Presidential elections and interests of the energy complex.

Behavior scenarios of the oil leading concerns. The terms under which they are ready to support the President at the elections.

- Oil& gas companies in the regional politics.

The forthcoming governor elections and standpoints of oil and gas companies.

- Prospects for the Situation's Development.

Forecasted trends in the oil and gas complex in the political frame of the years 2003-2004.
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