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Having a Russian, however firendly he appeared to be, controlling one of their companies, would not have been that comfortable to the Houston crowd, I think.

Good point.

Just look today how Putin blessed the Arcelor-Severstal merger, which will give Mordashov a 35% stake in the merged entity.  The same would have happened to Yukos-Chevron.

Really?  I thought Mordashov was a friend of Putin's, where as Khodorkovsky wanted his job, or at least didn't want him to have it.

I don't know enough about the rest to comment, but thanks for finally addressing this.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Jun 2nd, 2006 at 04:43:52 PM EST
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