Energy: Russia - from military to energy superpower

A gas treatment plant in Novy Urengoi, Russia (photo: dpa)
A gas treatment plant in Novy Urengoi, Russia (photo: dpa)

Russia may be trying to shift its image from yesterday’s military superpower to tomorrow’s energy superpower. But to date, Russia has yet to wield its energy weapon to good effect, argues GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund.

RUSSIA'S wealth of energy has tempted Moscow to embark on a crusade to restore what it sees as the country’s rightful position as a superpower.

Over the past decade a momentum has gathered within the Kremlin with the belief that the country should demand the respect and influence once granted to its Soviet predecessor as a military superpower.

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