Putin may be giving up his role as Russian president, but his influence is set to continue undiminished. His designated successor is his own protégé Dmitry Medvedev, from whom Putin could take over as head of energy giant Gazprom.
Vladimir Putin's designated successor Dmitry Medvedev will, in all likelihood, become Russia's next President. According to the local press, Putin, who is gearing up to become
For the moment, Putin refuses to comment. Alain Guillemoles, journalist and co-author of “Gazprom, the new empire”, thinks that “if it’s not Putin, it will be someone who has a close connection with his circle;" an opinion shared by Nadia Campaner, researcher at the Geopolitical Centre of Energy and Raw Materials. As she puts it, “Gazprom will always be, without any doubt, related to politics,” and to Putin.
For Guillemoles, “Gazprom is the work of Putin in the sense that he transformed the entity into a political instrument. Putin knows everything about Gazprom, from output volume to the diameter of the pipelines. He appointed all of its directors, who are very close to him. The current political culture in
Indeed, after having rid Gazprom of its pro-Yeltsin managers, Putin replaced them with his own men. Then, between 2004 and 2006, the state acquired 50% of the company, its workforce numbering 400,000. Today Gazprom enjoys monopoly rights over exports, and accounts for a staggering 8% of
Gazprom – Putin’s political weapon
This economic colossus is Vladimir Putin’s key to increasing
The arm-wrestling between
Gazprom has also proved highly useful to Putin's internal ambitions. The company did him a big favour by buying off “impertinent” media companies through the holding Gazprom-Media, which owns many important newspapers, radio and television channels, a publishing house, an advertising agency, a film production company and even two theatres.
For Gauthier Rybinski, political analyst at
Date created : 2008-02-29