Ashot Egiazaryan has reportedly fled Russia, and is considering seeking asylum in the US, citing fears that he will be assassinated
over disagreements with former Russian associates. Russia has lifted a nine-year ban
on the export of its sturgeon caviar to Europe – but it won’t be cheap. Auditors are criticizing former Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s transport officials for misspending $7.3 billion
during his last three years of office due to lack of discipline and cooperation. The IT market is returning to its pre-crisis glory
, says the Moscow Times, although this isn’t thanks to organic growth: ‘Observers have consistently seen a direct link with Russia’s IT spending and the price of oil. So with black gold approaching $100 per barrel, the market looks good for 2011.
‘ The Independent
notes the connections between Rosneft, Yukos, and Igor Sechin, ‘dubbed by the Russian press as both “Darth Vader” and “the scariest man on earth”.