The Presidential Pipeline

Gazprom is the kind of corporate backer even a U. S. presidential candidate could want on his side. Russia's natural-gas giant has annual sales of $16 billion--not to mention an airline, a collection of newspapers and a one-third stake in NTV, one of Russia's most influential TV stations. And while most of Russia' s oligarchs were crippled by last August's financial crash, the partially privatized Gazprom, with its solid hard-currency sales to Western Europe, has gone from strength to strength...
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