Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Credit Crunch Hits Russia’s Oil and Gas Sector

Back in March of this year, I wrote about the high levels of debt held by Russia’s flagship oil and gas companies, particularly Gazprom and Rosneft, and the trouble they may face in getting it refinanced by the western financial institutions who … Continue reading

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100% Increase in Sakhalin Blogs

Finally I have some company!  A warm welcome to Shane, Amanda, and Adam who have not only arrived in Sakhalin but are also blogging at Pavlas Family Adventures, complete with photos. Here’s looking forward to plenty of posts from them.

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Sakhalin’s Literary History

It is well known that the remarkable author and playwright Anton Chekhov undertook an arduous journey from St. Petersburg to Sakhalin Island in order to study the conditions in the Tsarist penal colony. What is less well known is that many … Continue reading

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