Articles by Roman Kupchinsky



From Blue Chip to Fizzle

In theory, Gazprom should be one of the world's premier blue-chip companies. It owns the largest gas reserves in the world, employs thousands of highly qualified professionals, and most of Europe is its captive customer. But in reality, it appears that the company is coming apart at the seams.

Gas Disinformation Drive

Did Russia really score a knockout over Ukraine in the second round of the gas fight, as public relations consultant Vladimir Frolov would have us believe in his comment in Tuesday's issue of The Moscow Times?

Gazprom's Dirty Secret

On Thursday, during my testimony at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I asked a rhetorical question: Did President Dmitry Medvedev, while serving as chairman of Gazprom, know that the company might have been linked to organized crime through the Swiss-based intermediary company RosUkrEnergo?

The Albatross Hanging Over Gazprom's Fate

Reputed crime boss Semyon Mogilevich has been living comfortably in his villa in the elite Rublyovka neighborhood of Moscow for the last seven or eight years. When he was suddenly arrested on Jan. 23, the logical question many asked was, ""Why now?""

The Gazprom Dog-and-Pony Show

It is futile to attempt to sell an idea or to prepare the ground for a product that is basically unsound,"" wrote Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, in his 1928 book ""Propaganda.""

The Gazprom Dog-and-Pony Show

It is futile to attempt to sell an idea or to prepare the ground for a product that is basically unsound,"" wrote Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, in his 1928 book ""Propaganda.""

Ukrainians Do Not Live by Bread Alone

What are the criteria by which people determine the effectiveness of their elected officials? There is no simple answer to this question, and often many people rely upon opinion makers -- the press, academics and opposition politicians among others -- to tell them if officials are good or bad.