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Briefing: Energy Games

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Generic – Gas crisis. Pipe blocked

Generic – Gas crisis. Pipe blocked

Russia's energy minister goes to Tehran. Russian officials meet with OPEC in Vienna. And Moscow and Saudi Arabia battle for market share in Europe.

Russia's economy rests on two pillars -- oil and gas. And both will be in the spotlight this week.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I take a look at Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak's visit to Tehran and Russia's meeting with OPEC in Vienna. Both meetings take place as Russia is battling with Saudi Arabia for oil markets in Europe and Asia.


EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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