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Russian State Oil Giant Buys Yukos Assets


http://gdb.rferl.org/B2DD4BA6-E85B-40A5-B35F-E8A32F20AA38_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B2DD4BA6-E85B-40A5-B35F-E8A32F20AA38_mw800_mh600.jpg Yukos headquarters in Moscow today (AFP) May 3, 2007 -- Neft-Aktiv, a subsidiary of the state-owned oil giant Rosneft, has bought several key assets of the bankrupt Yukos oil group for $6.8 billion at an auction.


The purchase of Yukos's production and refining units makes Rosneft the largest oil producer in Russia.


Yukos, once Russia's largest oil firm, was driven into bankruptcy after it was hit with billions of dollars in back taxes. Its chief executive, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was jailed on fraud and tax-evasion charges.


(AP, AFP)

An OPEC For Natural Gas?

A tanker carries liquified natural gas to markets in Asia (AFP)

COMING TOGETHER? PFC energy analyst Nikos Tsafos and RFE/RL energy analyst Roman Kupchinsky discussed with an RFE/RL briefing what the likelihood is of a natural-gas-producers consortium being formed and what such an organization might look like.


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