Monthly Archives: December 2007

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Oil & Gas, Russia | 5 Comments

A Dangerous Gamble?

Anyone who has been to Russia will have noticed that the newest, smartest, and often most substantial buildings in the country tend to be casinos.  I used to wonder where people got the money to gamble enough to support half a … Continue reading

Posted in Sakhalin | 6 Comments

Approaching Economic Realities

Times are changing in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and proof of this comes in the form of something I have never seen before in the town, and a few people I have spoken to on the subject say the same thing: a large … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Sakhalin | 6 Comments

Logos please, and more of them

The first topic of this post could be viewed as a footnote to this post, in which I mourn the lack of a decent supermarket in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.  Branded goods have come in for a lot of stick in the past few … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Sakhalin | 2 Comments

Back to Moscow

The weekend before last I went to Moscow with a young Russian employee of mine*, to do what is sometimes known as “business development”.  The purpose of the trip was to meet representatives of Gazprom and Rosneft, and see if … Continue reading

Posted in Russia | 3 Comments