Articles by Stephen Boykewich



Putin Favors Norway for Shtokman

The president praises Norwegian companies for their quiet professionalism and highly developed infrastructure.

Schisms Emerge at Petersburg Summit

  • 17 July 06
  • Staff Writers
Statements signed Sunday by Group of Eight leaders broke with decades of tradition by acknowledging deep-rooted divisions -- over President Vladimir Putin's key issue of energy security, among others -- in the consensus-driven group.

Putin Says Russia Doesn't Need Any Lectures

  • 17 July 06
  • Staff Writers
President Vladimir Putin said Russia would take lessons from no one, following unproductive talks with U.S. President George W. Bush on Russia's World Trade Organization bid, renewed Middle East violence, Iran and the state of Russian democracy.

Paint, Cops and Combs in Petersburg

The ride from Pulkovo Airport to the center of town has never been smoother. Only hours from now, columns of armored black cars will sail along Moskovsky Prospekt past impeccably manicured parks and centuries-old facades still gleaming with fresh paint.

How Russia Got Into the Democratic Club

When an ailing, barely reelected President Boris Yeltsin was struggling to contain Russian fury in 1997 over NATO expansion into former Soviet states, U.S. President Bill Clinton had a solution: Let Russia into the Group of Seven.

Gazprom's Export Monopoly Cemented

The State Duma overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday formalizing Gazprom's monopoly over gas exports, defying EU calls for liberalization on the eve of the Group of Eight summit.

Putin Aide Sets Sober Tone for G8 Summit

Russia will focus on work and let others fret over whether it belongs in the Group of Eight, Kremlin foreign policy aide Sergei Prikhodko said Tuesday.

A St. Petersburg Vodka Fit for G8 Leaders

In the ongoing debate over whether Russia deserves a place in the Group of Eight, the Kremlin has focused on what Russia can bring to the table: resource riches, fiscal health and experience fighting terrorism.

Moscow Named World's Most Expensive City

Skyrocketing real estate prices have made Moscow the most expensive place on earth for expatriates to live -- not to mention drink coffee -- according to an annual survey by U.S.-based Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

WTO Agreement Expected in Weeks

  • 26 June 06
  • Staff Writers
After a protracted, highly politicized struggle between Russia and the United States over Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization, Russian negotiators and two people familiar with the U.S. position said a bilateral agreement could be just weeks away.

A New OPEC in the Making?

December 2009: After weeks of rioting in Turkmenistan, President Saparmurat Niyazov flees. Moscow accuses Washington of fomenting a coup, and Russian and Iranian troops seize control of the capital, Ashgabat, to secure the country's gas supplies.

Schröder Tells Europe to Trust Gazprom

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder said Monday that it was ""foolish"" to think Europe could reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas, even while he insisted Russia was a reliable energy supplier.

Kudrin Warns of Spending Disaster

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Wednesday that raising government spending as petrodollars flood into the economy could be ""catastrophic for Russia"" -- one day after President Vladimir Putin and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reasserted plans to do so.

Putin Touts Russia as World Leader

  • 14 June 06
  • Staff Writers
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday trumpeted Russia's leading role in a world economy moving rapidly eastward, while Dmitry Medvedev, the first deputy prime minister and possible presidential successor, suggested Russia had a few economics lessons for the United States.

A War of Words on Energy at G8 Talks

A meeting of the Group of Eight finance ministers over the weekend seemed only to deepen the Russian-European standoff over Gazprom's export monopoly, setting the stage for high-stakes conflict as Russia hosts the G8 summit here next month.

The Sticky Tray and Other Money-Change Scams

There are plenty of reasons for leaving a Moscow currency exchange feeling ripped off these days -- and the plummeting dollar may be the least of them.

The Man With the Plan for Russia Inc.

Using natural resources for geopolitical gain may upset the West, but for the man who was helping shape President Vladimir Putin's energy strategy years before he took office, it's merely common sense.

TV Presenter and Regional Press Square Off

Russians are tired of all the facts in reports by non-state media and want a soothing, Soviet approach to the news, Nikolai Svanidze, a presenter on Rossia state television, said Sunday.

State May Squeeze Sakhalin Majors

The Natural Resources Ministry is considering a recommendation to slash foreign oil majors' stakes in the Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2 energy consortiums and give Russian companies majority control, a ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Caspian Complicates Iran-Russia Relations

Hooshang Amirahmadi was still a boy when the Russians came to his hometown on Iran's Caspian Sea shore in the late 1960s.

Rosneft's IPO Likely to Precede G8 Summit

The timing, on the eve of the July meeting in St. Petersburg, could have big political consequences.

Kremlin Spells Out Gas Link to WTO

A Kremlin spokesman for the first time explicitly links approval for Russia's bid to U.S. firms' participation in the Shtokman field.

Iranian Crisis a 'Win-Win Situation'

If ever there were a sign of a diplomatic breakdown, this seemed to be it: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejecting a European proposal before it had even been made.

Going Global on Russia's Terms

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged stronger intellectual property protections and other pro-globalization measures, and took a swipe at the United States over Russia's WTO bid.

Victory Day Slowly Ebbs From Public View

In the back lanes of Victory Park it might have been any spring day -- rollerbladers weaving between strolling families, children scrambling over decommissioned tanks, crewcut boys holding hands with girls in high heels.

Cheney Says Liberty at Risk in Russia

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out at Russia on Thursday, telling a Vilnius audience the country had curbed civil liberties and used its energy resources as ""tools of intimidation and blackmail.""

Jet Crashes Near Sochi, 113 Killed

  • 04 May 06
  • Staff Writers
An Armenian airliner crashed into the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi early Wednesday, killing all 113 people on board. Authorities blamed bad weather.

Rosneft May Cut IPO to $10Bln

Rosneft appears to be drastically scaling back its IPO plans from what would have been the biggest share sale in world history -- up to $20 billion -- to a more modest $10 billion.

Owners of Ukraine's Gas Trader Revealed

Centragas confirms that half of RosUkrEnergo is 90 percent owned by Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman.

Transneft Says Oil to Europe Should Be Cut

The head of the pipeline monopoly says new routes to Asia will lead to a cut in oil supplies to Europe.