SHTOKMANOVSKOYE AWARD BLASTED

Russian President Boris Yeltsin's recent decree giving the domestic joint stock company Rosshelf all rights to develop supergiant Shtokmanovskoye gas/condensate field in the Barents Sea is viewed by Moscow's reformist press as appeasement of his conservative critics and of the nation's still powerful military/industrial complex. The decision, made late last month, favoring Rosshelf (Russian Company for Shelf Development) was made at the expense of competitor Arkticheskaya Zvezda

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