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How frightened should we be?

John Lloyd, 10 February 1994

Russia 2010 
by Daniel Yergin and Thane Gustafson.
Random House, 302 pp., $32, October 1993, 0 679 42995 6
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What About the workers: Workers and the Transition to Capitalism in Russia 
by Simon Clarke.
Verso, 248 pp., £34.95, September 1993, 0 86091 650 2
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After the Soviet Union: From Empire to Nation 
edited by Timothy Colton and Robert Levgold.
Norton, 208 pp., $24.95, November 1992, 0 393 03420 8
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... more of a joke than a piece of serious ‘scenario planning’ on the part of Daniel Yergin and Thane Gustafson, from whose book it comes. Though it may not, at first sight, appear any less plausible than a capitalist China ruled by the Chinese Communist Party would have seemed in the Sixties or Seventies, or a Japan producing high-quality, high-cost ...

Who owns it?

Tony Wood: Oil in Russia, 6 June 2013

Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia 
by Thane Gustafson.
Harvard, 662 pp., £20.95, November 2012, 978 0 674 06647 2
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... cent of world output, and 12 per cent of proven reserves outside the Middle East. What happened? Thane Gustafson’s Wheel of Fortune is the fullest account so far of Russian oil in the 1990s and 2000s. Gustafson, who is now based at Georgetown University, was for a time an analyst at the Rand Corporation and spent 15 ...

The US had other ideas

Tom Stevenson: The Pipeline Project, 10 September 2020

The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe 
by Thane Gustafson.
Harvard, 506 pp., £31.95, January 2020, 978 0 674 98795 1
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... construction projects on this scale to make sense, and that implies long-term strategic alliances.Thane Gustafson’s account of the building of the Russian-European energy alliance is impressively detailed. The first pipelines between Russia and Europe were laid in the late 1960s, soon after the extent of the gas reserves in Siberia became clear. Soviet ...

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