Monthly Archives: July 2008

The Developments at TNK-BP

Anybody who has been paying attention to the business climate in Russia over the past few years will not be much surprised about the latest round of nonsense in the TNK-BP row: Russia’s migration service said today it would not … Continue reading

Posted in Oil & Gas, Russia | 18 Comments

Thoughts on Japan

I’m now back in Sakhalin, new visa in hand, once again impressed by the speed with which a Russian embassy can process a visa if you pony up enough cash.  Some further thoughts on Japan are below. The Japanese have … Continue reading

Posted in Japan, Travel | 5 Comments

An Afternoon in Tokyo

I have spent most of today wandering around Tokyo in a state of utter confusion and hopelessness.  And I haven’t even got to the Russian embassy yet.  But even taking this into consideration, I am enjoying myself. The biggest problem … Continue reading

Posted in Japan, Travel | 7 Comments

Off to Japan

I’m going to be offline for a few days.  Tomorrow I’m moving to a bigger and better apartment, a result of my having changed jobs, and I don’t know when my internet connection there will be up and running.  And … Continue reading

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I’m back in Sakhalin alive and well, despite the lack of posts on here.  Truth is, I’ve changed jobs, joining another company from the one which brought me to Sakhalin in the first place.  Having had to do a handover, … Continue reading

Posted in Travel, UK | 11 Comments