Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I was "fortunate" enough to make a number of business trips to most of the aforementioned countries beginning in early 1995 and continuing until about 98.  Western big oil was the game in Baku even in early 95, and the pipeline across Turkey was just being discussed. Azerbaijan and the other Caucasus countries did not fair particularly well during the Soviet era (I suppose the same could be claimed about the other SSRs), but I do hope most their people finally enjoy some of the prosperity that oil and gas can bring. I don't suppose poor Armenia has much of a chance for some of that energy (as in gas) finding its way across their border, given their history of "dispute" with both Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Sadly, another victim of the Caspian's popularity may be the Sturgeon.  A kilo of beluga could be had for about $25 in 1995.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:17:28 PM EST
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