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


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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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: 1,352,847
  • 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

IntroductionPART ONEChapter 1. Flight to the EastChapter 2. Into SiberiaChapter 3. "Put Down Your Guns!"PART TWOChapter 4. Boy from the KomsomolChapter 5. Gathering the TeamChapter 6. Computers and BanksChapter 7. August 1991Chapter 8. Sale of the Century?Chapter 9. Consolidating the GainsPART THREEChapter 10. New man in the KremlinChapter 11. Buying up the Duma?Chapter 12. Igor Sechin and the 'Strongmen'Chapter 13. Showdown in the KremlinChapter 14. Looking for TroubleChapter 15. Pipelines and ProvocationChapter 16. Open RussiaChapter 17. Friends in the WestPART FOURChapter 18. The Family and the SilovikiChapter 19. More ArrestsChapter 20. Yukos and the Struggle for RussiaChapter 21. A Kremlin Double Cross?Chapter 22. Exile or JailChapter 23. Americans in TownChapter 24. The Exxon GaffeChapter 25. A Final Plea?Chapter 26. Arrest in SiberiaPART FIVEChapter 27. Counting the CostChapter 28. Trying to Stay AfloatChapter 29. The Abramovich ConnectionChapter 30. The Kremlin ExplainsChapter 31. Fight or FlightChapter 32. Khodorkovsky ShunnedPART SIXChapter 33. "Just like Al Capone"Chapter 34. Justice on TrialChapter 35. The Murder BusinessChapter 36. The Chechen ConnectionChapter 37. Hostages?Chapter 38. In the CampsChapter 39. Prophet in a Prison CellChapter 40. A battle of TitansPART SEVEN.Chapter 41. The UK ConnectionChapter 42. The British TroikaChapter 43. A Canadian GambitChapter 44. The Brits Bite Back.Chapter 45. Cashing in the ProfitsChapter 46. The Startled AccountantsChapter 47. Traitors in the Ranks?Chapter 48. Hope Chapter 49. Hope AbandonedChapter 50. Light at the End of a Disaster?

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