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Viktor Katona

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Viktor Katona is an oil supply specialist at MOL Group and expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, currently based in Budapest.

17.03.2017

The democratic Russia we lost

The democratic Russia we lost

It would be erroneous to think that appetite for democracy in Russia will inevitably come in the course of time – it will come only if its citizens feel that their voices do matter. This is the lesson modern Russia should learn from the historic phenomenon of democracies in medieval Novgorod and Pskov

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01.02.2017

Why Russia should liberalize its gas market

Why Russia should liberalize its gas market

The liberalization of Russia’s gas market would almost certainly entail the downsizing of Gazprom and the rise of new “independent” producers competing on a level playing field

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27.12.2016

Will Ukraine freeze this winter?

Will Ukraine freeze this winter?

As much as Ukraine claims that it is completely independent from Russian gas, Kiev continues to keep the door open to cooperation with Moscow

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09.12.2016

OPEC deal: What does it mean for Russia?

OPEC deal: What does it mean for Russia?

Although OPEC reached a consensus on cutting its oil output and Russia voiced its agreement to join the decision, it remains to be seen whether countries will stick to their pledges

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29.11.2016

2017, the year of Franco-Russian rapprochement?

2017, the year of Franco-Russian rapprochement?

With the victory of François Fillon in the presidential primaries, France might elect a president in 2017 who is open to re-thinking the nation’s strained relationship with Russia

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23.10.2016

Rosneft's Indian romance

Rosneft's Indian romance

With its recent purchase of 49 percent of India’s second biggest private oil company, Rosneft will not content itself with its current standing and will further expand within Asia

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21.09.2016

Russian gas diplomacy and the Sakhalin-Japan pipeline

Russian gas diplomacy and the Sakhalin-Japan pipeline

Strengthening energy ties between Russia and Japan via a proposed gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Japan would benefit both economies and contribute to an easing of political tensions over the Kuril Islands

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14.09.2016

Why the future of the Russian oil and gas industry is in the Caspian

Why the future of the Russian oil and gas industry is in the Caspian

Russia’s leading energy companies are now eyeing the Caspian Sea as a source of high-volume, high-quality hydrocarbon reserves

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19.08.2016

What is lacking in Russia's strategy to reform its higher education?

What is lacking in Russia's strategy to reform its higher education?

Recent decisions of the government in education present only half-measures that will not ensure success in the long term. The new minister will have to take this into account

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07.07.2016

A new and improved Saudi Arabia may be a difficult partner for Russia

A new and improved Saudi Arabia may be a difficult partner for Russia

Saudi Arabia and Russia share common goals of diversifying and modernizing their economies, but future cooperation could be difficult until they find a way to overcome their competing goals in the global energy markets

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25.06.2016

Today's political artists as self-proclaimed prophets

Today's political artists as self-proclaimed prophets

The cultural response to Russia’s current political scene is littered with exhibitionists rather than thoughtful critics

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07.06.2016

How to re-energize Crimea

How to re-energize Crimea

Despite having energy issues that still need to be addressed, Crimea has the potential to become a diversified energy hub if things are done right

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25.05.2016

Russia has nothing to fear from the end of the Pink Tide in Latin America

Russia has nothing to fear from the end of the Pink Tide in Latin America

The shifting political landscape in the countries of South America is unlikely to have serious implications for Moscow’s economic interests in the region

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14.04.2016

What you need to know about Rosneft

What you need to know about Rosneft

Over the past 25 years, Rosneft – now Russia’s largest company by stock market capitalization – has expanded aggressively, thanks primarily to the savvy political maneuvering of the company’s executive leadership

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12.04.2016

Gazprom: Three key challenges facing Russia's energy giant

Gazprom: Three key challenges facing Russia's energy giant

Gazprom has more to worry about than just sanctions and lower oil prices – there’s also an influx of new domestic competitors, the threat of an LNG revolution in Europe and concerns about the payoff from the company’s Asian pivot

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01.02.2016

Realizing Russia's renewable energy potential in 2017

Realizing Russia's renewable energy potential in 2017

A recently declared Year of the Environment in Russia provides a golden opportunity to bring environmental issues to the public’s eye and create momentum for a much-needed green technology revolution in the country

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13.11.2015

Russia’s uneasy relationship with Europe’s political fringe

Russia’s uneasy relationship with Europe’s political fringe

Given the deteriorating relations between Russia and the leading European powers, Russia’s relations with the Eurosceptic parties of the EU are increasingly being called into question

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