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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Russian regime has adopted a four-prong strategy against the so-called ‘Snow Revolution’ protesters. It has clamped down on demonstrations, restricted donations from abroad, targeted opposition leaders and tried to control the internet. Vladimir Putin is living up to the promise he made the day after he was elected president for the third time.
Russia was once a military superpower. It now strives instead to be an energy superpower and at its heart is one of the world’s largest companies – Gazprom. In the post-Soviet era, Gazprom has enjoyed preferential treatment from the Kremlin and wielded huge influence over neighbouring countries. As the role of oil declines, and that of gas increases, the financi...
Russia is desperate to maintain dominance over its supply of gas to Europe. This special report examines Moscow’s divide-and-conquer strategy with which it aims to ensure control over gas supply to Europe by undermining projects outside its control while cutting deals which offer preferential treatment should Europe sign up to projects of its own making.