Watching Government
Changes at Gazprom

Viktor Chernomyrdin is probably more famous in Russia as the former head of Gazprom than for his term as prime minister.During his tenure in government, he displayed enough partiality toward Gazprom that he was accused of using his influence to enrich the natural gas monopoly.Political wags joked that the political party Chernomyrdin launched, Our Home is Russia, should have been named Our Home is Gazprom.After Chernomyrdin was fired from his position as prime minister in March of 1998, it was widely expected that he would quickly return to the giant company.Surprisingly, he didn`t. Instead, he considered a run for the Duma, acted as the Russian government`s special envoy to Kosovo, and r...

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