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  1. March 21, 2014

    Putin boosted by defiant tone at top and among people

    Vladimir Putin responded on Friday to US sanctions against his inner circle with typically acid humour. He had no account,...

  2. beyondbrics

    March 20, 2014

    Guest post: to punish Putin, the LSE should delist Rosneft

    By Bruce Misamore, former CFO of Yukos As the world flails about looking for ways to get Russia’s attention over the Ukraine...

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  1. March 3, 2014

    Vitol in talks to lend Rosneft $2bn more

    Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, is in discussions to extend an additional $2bn in financing to Rosneft, giving the...

  2. beyondbrics

    February 19, 2014

    Russia - Espo: Asia's gain, Europe's pain

    Russia is pushing ahead with a $4.9bn project to expand the East Siberian Pacific Ocean oil export pipeline as surging oil...

  3. FT Alphaville

    January 31, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - The temptation of central bankers. - Public policy gone wrong: Google, Motorola and Lenovo edition. -...

  4. beyondbrics

    December 24, 2013

    Belarus puts more ‘family silver’ up for sale in 2014

    It looks like the Belarusian authorities are becoming serious about re-starting their state property privatisation...

  5. beyondbrics

    October 21, 2013

    Rosneft-CNPC: getting cosy

    Rosneft has agreed to allow CNPC to help develop east Siberian oil resources in a move that underscores deepening energy...

  6. beyondbrics

    September 30, 2013

    Rosneft and TNK-BP minorities: playing nice?

    Be nice to the little guy Rosneft has finally caved in to pressure and offered to buy out minority shareholders in TNK-BP at...

  7. September 27, 2013

    Rosneft changes tack on TNK-BP minority buyout offer

    Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin has offered to buyout the minority shareholders of TNK-BP, six months after the Russian oil...

  8. beyondbrics

    September 13, 2013

    TNK-BP minorities vs Igor Sechin: fair fight?

    Minority shareholders in TNK-BP got a raw deal when Rosneft took over the Anglo-Russian oil major this year. But even if the...

  9. July 2, 2013

    Rosneft gains control of Itera

    Rosneft, the state-owned Russian energy group, has acquired 100 per cent control of independent gas producer Itera in a bid...

  10. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2013

    Rosneft: another smart move?

    Rosneft has bolstered its position in the Russian gas market by taking full control of Itera, an independent gas producer...

  11. June 27, 2013

    Russia’s eastern energy pivot has limits

    Russia’s coat of arms famously features a two-headed eagle looking simultaneously west and east. At the St Petersburg...

  12. June 17, 2013

    Privatisation: Mixed messages as government seems divided over programme

    When Russia rolled out plans for a sweeping privatisation programme in 2009, the Kremlin declared it would be a step towards...

  13. June 17, 2013

    Oil and gas: Gazprom looks east to restore fortunes as US shale gas booms

    It took a while for Gazprom to awake to the threat the US shale revolution posed for Russia’s ambitions to dominate global...

  14. June 17, 2013

    Stock market: Not everyone is a winner in the big takeover

    When Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, sealed the $55bn acquisition of TNK-BP to become the world’s biggest listed oil...

  15. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2013

    Russia's Rosneft partners Japan's Inpex in search for new fields

    Russia has not been the Eldorado that international oil majors hoped when it opened up to outside investors after the Soviet...

  16. beyondbrics

    May 24, 2013

    Sechin: putting Chávez on the map

    When Russia’s Communist party called for a Moscow street to be named after Hugo Chávez in March, the city authorities...

  17. beyondbrics

    April 27, 2013

    The Weekender, April 27

    The week in emerging markets, with our most read stories, five things we have learned, and the week in a chart – this week,...

  18. April 23, 2013

    Rosneft to lift valuation before share sale

    Igor Sechin, chief executive of Rosneft, has outlined his ambitions to sell further shares in the state-controlled Russian...

  19. beyondbrics

    April 23, 2013

    Igor Sechin: He Man or Nice Guy?

    Compromise is often seen as a sign of weakness in Russia so it’s encouraging to see one of the country’s most powerful men...

  20. beyondbrics

    April 16, 2013

    Rosneft: still buying assets

    You might think that splashing out $55bn on TNK-BP would have slaked Rosneft’s thirst for mergers and acquisitions. But the...

  21. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2013

    Rosneft: sell off plan announced, but don't hold your breath

    A big announcement from Russia’s economy ministry today: Russia may privatise an additional 19 per cent of state-owned...

  22. April 2, 2013

    Rosneft: supermajor in the making?

    Is Rosneft a supermajor in the making or a teddy bear with a weight problem? Igor Sechin, chief executive of the Russian oil...

  23. March 27, 2013

    Shares in TNK-BP offshoot fall

    The share price of TNK-BP Holding has fallen nearly 40 per cent over the past five trading days amid uncertainty about new...

  24. Nick Butler

    March 25, 2013

    The emergence of the Russian Rockefeller

    “We are about to see a new wave of consolidation in the world’s oil and gas business.” The words are not mine – they were...

  25. beyondbrics

    March 22, 2013

    China-Russia: a whole lot of energy deals

    A three day visit to Moscow by Xi Jinping got off to a flying start on Friday with the signature of a clutch of agreements...

  26. beyondbrics

    March 8, 2013

    London headlines

    * China in push to open currency borders * Brazil’s central bank adopts hawkish tone * Rosneft seals $10bn deal with oil...

  27. March 7, 2013

    Rosneft seals $10bn deal with oil traders

    Rosneft has closed a $10bn financing deal with oil traders Glencore and Vitol, bringing the “largest acquisition in history”...

  28. beyondbrics

    March 7, 2013

    Venezuela & Russia: ties that bind

    Good friends It makes sense for the Kremlin to send Igor Sechin to the funeral of Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela,...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 1, 2013

    Russia to BP's Dudley: welcome back, all is forgiven

    Photo: Bloomberg Only five years ago Robert Dudley was barred from entering Russia as BP fought a vicious corporate battle...

  30. beyondbrics

    February 19, 2013

    Rosneft looks east for new partners

    Photo: Bloomberg Rosneft teamed up with western oil majors to explore in the Russian Arctic last year and is now turning...

  31. beyondbrics

    February 13, 2013

    Shaking up gas exports, slowly

    Should independent Russian gas producers be allowed to sell their gas abroad? Or should state-owned Gazprom retain its...

  32. February 1, 2013

    Exploration costs eat into Rosneft profits

    Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil company by production, posted disappointing fourth-quarter results as rising costs ate into...

  33. beyondbrics

    January 30, 2013

    Venezuela: the Russians are back

    (L) Igor Ivanovich Sechin, CEO of Rosneft and (R) Rafael Ramirez, Venezuela’s energy minister The Russians are back in...

  34. December 12, 2012

    Rosneft makes agreement with AAR

    Rosneft has finalised its agreement to buy 50 per cent of TNK-BP from BP’s oligarch partners, allowing the state energy...

  35. November 8, 2012

    Russia tightens bear hug on oil and gas

    Meeting foreign experts at his Moscow residence in October, Russian president Vladimir Putin tried to distance the Kremlin...

  36. November 1, 2012

    Rosneft gas deal turns up heat on rivals

    Rosneft has won a multibillion-dollar contract to supply gas to Russia’s state power company Inter RAO, propelling the state...

  37. November 1, 2012

    Moscow defends Rosneft move on TNK-BP

    Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s first deputy prime minister, has defended Rosneft’s acquisition of TNK-BP as helping to speed the...

  38. beyondbrics

    November 1, 2012

    Rosneft muscles into Russian gas

    Rosneft is set to become the world’s biggest listed oil producer following its $55bn merger with TNK-BP. But the ambitions...

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