Articles by Tim Osborne



Yukos Bankruptcy 5 Years On

The Yukos Oil Company was forced into bankruptcy by the Moscow Arbitration Court five years ago on Monday. Its assets were seized by the state, and its top managers imprisoned or chased from the country. Its legacy of progressive corporate governance and transparency was decimated in favor of shadowy state control.

Investing in Energy After Yukos

Russia’s withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty means that new investors in the energy sector must rely on treaties or Russian courts. Adopting and abiding by World Trade Organization standards would help.

How to Steal Legally

Nothing seems to dampen the authorities' enthusiasm to wipe out any trace of Yukos, which at one point was the country's largest and most transparent oil production company.