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OECD retter drepende kritikk mot Putin for den økonomiske kursen han har slått inn på. Russland ser ut til å fjerne seg fra målet om en økonomi bygget på lov og rett. Det er ord norsk oljeindustri bør merke seg, midt oppe i iveren etter å samarbeide i nord.

The intergovernmental thinktank said there was evidence that Russia, «a weak state with strong officials», was drifting away from rule-based government and back to meddling in the economy. (…)The report comes in the week when the Kremlin is hoping to renationalise a majority stake of Gazprom , the world’s biggest gas firm and — in the OECD’s view — one of the chief foot-draggers on the road to reforming Russia’s economy.
«There has been almost no progress in reforming the gas industry, possibly Russia’s least reformed sector and undoubtedly one of its least efficient,» the OECD said, adding that the massive gas firm already acted as an arm of the state.
«Gazprom stands out, even in Russia’s highly secretive corporate culture, for its exceptional opacity,» it said.
The Kremlin says once it has control of Gazprom it will liberalise the firm’s shares, allowing foreigners to hold them for the first time. Some analysts have said the liberalisation could be a prelude to wider reform of the Russian energy sector.
But the OECD poured cold water on the idea there would be a shake-up in the gas sector anytime soon.
«It is not clear that any meaningful reform will be undertaken in the foreseeable future,» it said.(reuters)

Norske journalister, politikere og oljefolk sitret formelig av glede da Gazprom-sjefen Aleksej Miller under oljemessen i St. Petersburg fremhevet Statoil og Hydro som mulige partnere på Shtokman-feltet. De bør merke seg rapportens karakteristikk:

«Gazprom stands out, even in Russia’s highly secretive corporate culture, for its exceptional opacity,» it said.