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

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

 

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Overview

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

 

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Journalist Sixsmith (The Litvinenko File) vividly describes the struggle between former Russian president (and current prime minister) Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of the Yukos Oil company and one of the wealthiest men in Russia. With the skill of a novelist (he has written two works of political fiction), Sixsmith recalls how Khodorkovsky transformed himself from a businessman, who may have committed ruthless criminal actions to get ahead, into a philanthropist who stood for Western-style above-board corporate accounting and political freedom for Russians. However, after provoking the prickly Putin with accusations of shady political and financial dealing and hypocrisy, Khodorkovsky was sentenced to jail for tax evasion on questionable evidence. Often dramatic and compelling, this work unfortunately becomes tedious when it details Yukos's financial affairs. The book lacks citations, and the author appears to depend solely on interviews and his own reporting as his sources. VERDICT This is a good overview for general readers who follow international current events, but Sixsmith should have focused less on Yukos's statistics and more on the big picture implications of Putin's actions.—Rob Langenderfer, Brown Mackie Coll. Lib., Ft. Mitchell, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441199683
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 985,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Sixsmith is a journalist, writer, and broadcaster. He began working at the BBC in 1980 as a foreign correspondent, reporting from Moscow during the end of the Cold War, the era of Perestroika, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In 1997, he went to work for the government of Tony Blair as Director of Communications and Press Secretary to Harriet Harman and then to Alistair Darling. He then served as Director of Communication at the Department for Transport, Local Government, and the Regions.

Sixsmith is the author of two political novels, Spin and I Heard Lenin Laugh. He has also published an account of the Litvinenko murder, The Litvinenko File, and made a documentary film in 2008 exploring the legacy of the KGB in today's Russia and the FSB.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART ONE Chapter 1. Flight to the East Chapter 2. Into Siberia Chapter 3. "Put Down Your Guns!"

PART TWO Chapter 4. Boy from the Komsomol Chapter 5. Gathering the Team Chapter 6. Computers and Banks Chapter 7. August 1991
Chapter 8. Sale of the Century?
Chapter 9. Consolidating the Gains

PART THREE Chapter 10. New man in the Kremlin Chapter 11. Buying up the Duma?
Chapter 12. Igor Sechin and the 'Strongmen'
Chapter 13. Showdown in the Kremlin Chapter 14. Looking for Trouble Chapter 15. Pipelines and Provocation Chapter 16. Open Russia Chapter 17. Friends in the West

PART FOUR Chapter 18. The Family and the Siloviki Chapter 19. More Arrests Chapter 20. Yukos and the Struggle for Russia Chapter 21. A Kremlin Double Cross?
Chapter 22. Exile or Jail Chapter 23. Americans in Town Chapter 24. The Exxon Gaffe Chapter 25. A Final Plea?
Chapter 26. Arrest in Siberia

PART FIVE Chapter 27. Counting the Cost Chapter 28. Trying to Stay Afloat Chapter 29. The Abramovich Connection Chapter 30. The Kremlin Explains Chapter 31. Fight or Flight Chapter 32. Khodorkovsky Shunned

PART SIX Chapter 33. "Just like Al Capone"
Chapter 34. Justice on Trial Chapter 35. The Murder Business Chapter 36. The Chechen Connection Chapter 37. Hostages?
Chapter 38. In the Camps Chapter 39. Prophet in a Prison Cell Chapter 40. A battle of Titans

PART SEVEN.
Chapter 41. The UK Connection Chapter 42. The British Troika Chapter 43. A Canadian Gambit Chapter 44. The Brits Bite Back.
Chapter 45. Cashing in the Profits Chapter 46. The Startled Accountants Chapter 47. Traitors in the Ranks?
Chapter 48. Hope Chapter 49. Hope Abandoned Chapter 50. Light at the End of a Disaster?

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