November 19, 2006 by AK

Some more bad news (just for the fun of it)

Gazprom has sacked Alexander Ryazanov, a VP and CEO of Gazprom’s oil-producing arm, Gazpromneft (made up of Sibneft and whatnot), and is reportedly about to replace him with a former KGB colleague of Putin. Ryazanov was a holdover of a pre-Putin management team, and as such made more sense as a top Gazprom manager than a general-purpose KGB stooge. By the way, Gazprom is a publically traded company: let’s see how it explains this move to its minority shareholders. Also note the managerial decline at what used to be Sibneft: under Abramovich, Sibneft was among the more efficiently run Russian oil majors; after the Gazprom takeover, Ryazanov’s appointment was something of a step back; the quality of the new CEO will likely to be next to zero: a lovely evolution. The same applies to the “St. Petersburg” majority on Gazprom’s board: a bunch of nobodies and nothings.

In other news, the Duma has passed in the third reading a bill amending the election law so that candidates may no longer engage in personal criticism of their opponents. Ridiculous as it sounds, the bill is awaiting Putin’s approval. A nail or two more, and the coffin of political speech will be ready for a state burial.


  1. Anonymous says:

    What’s the Russian take on all this Litvinenko business?


  2. Alex(ei) says:

    To be honest, I have no idea whatsoever. I’ll try to scratch a few lines later.

  3. kaos sesi says:

    I must say congratulations! Wonderful changes and new opportunities. All these people are glad for you.. me too.

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