News Dima Litvinov became the first member of the so-called 'Arctic 30' to leave Russia; boarding a train at a railway station in St. Petersburg

The first of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested after a protest over Arctic oil drilling has left Russia, the environmental group said on Thursday, with all expected to get clearance to leave Russia by Friday.

Gazprom closes in on Sibir as it doubles stake in oil firm

Troubled rival encourages investors to accept offer of 500p pence per share

Gazprom buys 16 per cent stake in Sibir

The Russian energy giant Gazprom yesterday swooped to buy 16 per cent of Sibir Energy, for 70p a share more than TNK-BP, the Anglo-Russian group that is a minority shareholder in the company, was believed to be willing to pay.

Boris Fyodorov: Politician and businessman who fought against corruption in Russia

With his tall frame and thick-rimmed glasses, Boris Fyodorov looked every part the Russian bureaucrat. He twice served as finance minister, went on to found an investment bank, and was one of the greatest reformers to guide his troubled country through the death of the Soviet Union. A fierce individualist, Mr Fyodorov held a strong belief in the power of the market economy.

Leading article: Russia is feeling the full force of the world's economic storm

This crisis holds special dangers for a land with such fragile institutions

Archer and Black could escape Lords ban

Plan to expel peers in wake of cash scandal may not be retrospective

Ukraine: Russia demands impossible gas route

A top Ukrainian official says Russia is trying hard to discredit Ukraine by sending natural gas intended for Europe on a technically impossible transit route over Ukraine's vast pipeline system.







Deal to restore EU gas supplies from Russia suffers late setback

A deal that would have restored the flow of Russian gas to Europe was on the brink of collapse last night, only hours after it was signed.

Gas flare-up may light way to a cohesive EU energy plan

Wrangling between Russia and Ukraine has left their western neighbours cold, but it will cost them dearly if Europe chooses to seek alternative sources

Russian gas supplier warned to honour obligations

The head of Russia's monopoly gas supplier was warned today to honour the company's obligations to the European Union or face the loss of reputation and revenues as western customers looked elsewhere.

Mary Dejevsky: Russia does not hold all the cards in a game both sides could lose

Compared with the alarm spreading across Europe as gas supplies falter, the approach of the Russian and Ukrainian companies concerned has seemed positively relaxed. Only today, now that Orthodox Christmas is over, are officials to meet, their first meeting since Russia cut the amount of gas flowing to Ukraine on 1 January.

Leading article: Dependence on Russian energy places Europe at risk

The EU must ensure that no one can hold it to ransom in future

Jeremy Warner: Perils of being beholden to the Russian bear

Outlook Well, there's one thing Britain has managed to get right about its energy policy – thus far at least. The UK uses hardly any Russian gas. Unfortunately, that hasn't made the country entirely immune to the continuing row over access to the Ukrainian pipeline which supplies the majority of Russian gas to Europe.

Gazprom and the struggle for power

Gazprom is now so powerful that it is capable of freezing much of Europe. Sarah Arnott reports

New cold war in Europe as Russia turns off gas supplies

Fears of a deep chill spread across Europe yesterday after a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices cut supplies to the rest of the continent on a day of plummeting temperatures and heavy snowfalls.

Russia gas disruption bites in Europe

Russia halted gas supplies via Ukraine to the Balkans, Turkey and south-eastern Europe today and flows to EU-member state Austria dropped by 90 per cent in a deepening price row between Moscow and Kiev.

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