Nice clothes, Emperor!

Yesterday I noticed the petrol tank in my car was down to a quarter of a tank, and thought I’d better fill it up.  So I went, at 11am, to do so.  Unfortunately, nobody seemed to sell any.  It had all frozen up, after a night of temperatures which were about -10, which by Russian standards is barbecue weather.  The petrol station I tried was owned and operated by a large and important company whose corporate colours are black and yellow.  For the sake of future business, I will say no more.  This petrol station had been revamped in the summer, complete with new underground storage tanks.  A month into a mild winter, and it was unable to dispense petrol before lunchtime, a pattern repeated in every other petrol station about town.

In addition, there is no diesel on the island.  The refinery which supplies Sakhalin is on the mainland (there is no refinery on Sakhalin), and apparently there was some kind of problem there with the net result being Sakhalin Island has no diesel.

Bear all this in mind next time you read about entire populations of Western European countries relying on Russia to heat their homes for the next twenty years.

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5 thoughts on “Nice clothes, Emperor!

  1. Pingback: Global Voices Online » Russia: Frozen Gas, No Diesel on Sakhalin

  2. “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink!”
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

    And Mr Putin wants anyone to believe that Russia is still a superpower; yeah, right!

  3. “a large and important company whose corporate colours are black”

    Not the same large and important company that makes the sort of large and impressive machinery that gets simple miners like me all excited, surely?

  4. “a large and important company whose corporate colours are black

    Rosneft, obviously. Pumped out 100 mil tons of oil in 2007, or about 2M bpd (largely by Yukos’s Yuganskneftegaz). Not enough, apparently, to make their gas stations useful.

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