Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Gaz-gone?

I spent a number of years tracking the build-up of debt in Russia. Now, the party's over and the high cost of producing oil and gas in Russia is becoming a significant factor in its economic downturn.

The NYT here produces a rough overview of the issues. Great final quote:

“Everybody was thinking Russia had succeeded, and they were wondering, how do you keep water in a sieve?” Ms. Latynina said. “When the input of water is greater than the output, the sieve is full. Everybody was thinking it was a miracle. The sieve is full! But when there is a drop in the water supply, the sieve is again empty very quickly.”

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