Putin's Oil

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

By (author) Martin Sixsmith


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This title investigates Vladimir Putin's war for control of Russia's vast oil reserves, in particular Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil firm, Yukos. "Putin's Oil" investigates the complex world of Kremlin politics, including conspiracies and conspiracy theories, allegations that Roman Abramovitch plotted with Putin to destroy Khodorkovsky, suspicions of betrayal and double agents in the Kremlin and in Yukos, murder charges against Khodorkovsky's partners, and the KGB defector who claims they were carried out by Kremlin agents. After the mysterious death in a helicopter crash of the Englishman who had taken over Yukos, the company's war against the Kremlin is now being waged by a troika of mild mannered Britons, pursued by Interpol arrest warrants and Moscow's fury. Khodorkovsky remains in a penal camp in far Eastern Siberia. Martin Sixsmith, former BBC Moscow Correspondent, has gained unprecedented access to many of the players in the drama. The resulting book is both a thriller and an analysis of the defining moments of Putin's presidency and their ongoing impact in Russian and world politics.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • 15 Feb 2010
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York
  • English
  • 1441199683
  • 9781441199683
  • 360,571

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Author Information

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.

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'Martin Sixsmith, a former BBC journalist, picks his way through this battlefield - lucidly, insightfully, quickly - by following the trail of events that led to the fall of Khodorkovsky and his Yukos empire.'--Sanford Lakoff

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