For Richer, For Poorer

Roman Abramovich gets $13.1bn richer. The Russian people get $13.1bn poorer. Vladimir Putin’s grip on the Russian energy market grows ever stronger (Gazprom now controls 30% of the Russian oil industry).

Here’s hoping the western press do more than giggle excitedly over which new yacht Mr Abramovich will buy next, or which new transfers will be arriving at Chelsea. Some hope.