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Don't forget that official prices apply to volumes which are rationed. If you want more, you have to pay more, and that's where the "independent" distributors come in. It's the same in Russia, where Gazprom has been pretending for year to be "running out of gas" to avoid delivering gas cheaply to the population. Grey market gas is much more expensive in Russia as well, and the difference goes for a big part in the pockets of the Gazprom managers that control the network.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 10:36:52 AM EST
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