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

by Martin Sixsmith
 

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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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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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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441199683
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Pages:
311
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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