Putin's Oil

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 612.35g
  • Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1441199683
  • 9781441199683
  • 428,856

Review quote

'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 Lakoffshow more

About Martin Sixsmith

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.show more

Table of contents

Introduction; PART ONE; Chapter 1. Flight to the East; Chapter 2. Into Siberia; Chapter 3. "Put Down Your Guns!"; PART TWO; Chapter 4. Boy from the Komsomol; Chapter 5. Gathering the Team; Chapter 6. Computers and Banks; Chapter 7. August 1991; Chapter 8. Sale of the Century?; Chapter 9. Consolidating the Gains; PART THREE; Chapter 10. New man in the Kremlin; Chapter 11. Buying up the Duma?; Chapter 12. Igor Sechin and the 'Strongmen'; Chapter 13. Showdown in the Kremlin; Chapter 14. Looking for Trouble; Chapter 15. Pipelines and Provocation; Chapter 16. Open Russia; Chapter 17. Friends in the West; PART FOUR; Chapter 18. The Family and the Siloviki; Chapter 19. More Arrests; Chapter 20. Yukos and the Struggle for Russia; Chapter 21. A Kremlin Double Cross?; Chapter 22. Exile or Jail; Chapter 23. Americans in Town; Chapter 24. The Exxon Gaffe; Chapter 25. A Final Plea?; Chapter 26. Arrest in Siberia; PART FIVE; Chapter 27. Counting the Cost; Chapter 28. Trying to Stay Afloat; Chapter 29. The Abramovich Connection; Chapter 30. The Kremlin Explains; Chapter 31. Fight or Flight; Chapter 32. Khodorkovsky Shunned; PART SIX; Chapter 33. "Just like Al Capone"; Chapter 34. Justice on Trial; Chapter 35. The Murder Business; Chapter 36. The Chechen Connection; Chapter 37. Hostages?; Chapter 38. In the Camps Chapter 39. Prophet in a Prison Cell; Chapter 40. A battle of Titans; PART SEVEN; Chapter 41. The UK Connection; Chapter 42. The British Troika; Chapter 43. A Canadian Gambit; Chapter 44. The Brits Bite Back.; Chapter 45. Cashing in the Profits; Chapter 46. The Startled Accountants; Chapter 47. Traitors in the Ranks?; Chapter 48. Hope; Chapter 49. Hope Abandoned; Chapter 50. Light at the End of a Disaster?show more

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