Conflict of Interests

The Moscow Times would like to draw your attention to the activities of former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder:

While chancellor, Schroeder championed the Kremlin’s Nord Stream pipeline project, meant to supply Russian gas directly to Germany and secured government backing for the deal. A few months later, he became head of the project’s shareholder committee with the support of Gazprom — the Russian gas consortium whose dispute with transit country Ukraine caused serious gas shortages in Europe in 2006 and 2009.  The press and public expressed outrage — but Schroeder held onto his lucrative posts.