Russian corporate advancements hinge on Putin, public opinion

Two elements are necessary to "make big changes" and ensure Russia's long-term successful dealings with Western oil and gas companies: the conditioning of the Russian people to it and a second term of office for Russian President Vladimir Putin.Both these factors are critical, said James Langdon Jr., partner in the legal firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.Langdon was moderator of a panel of five Akin Gump associates, including former Ambassador to Russia James F. Collins, who met with the press in Houston Oct. 8 to discuss the Russian energy sector and the long-term prospects of Western companies doing business in Russia. "Putin is a modernizer," Collins said, expanding on Langdo...

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