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A Russian Reformer Sees Pitfalls Ahead

Q: We've talked about the consequences of the Yukos affair. What do you think was the root cause of the affair?

A: I have a quite clear understanding though of course it's my understanding, [and] it may not be 100% correct. I work a lot in the Duma, and I know how the Duma process works. And I know that of course the oil lobby, led by Yukos, was the strongest lobby in the Duma. And sometimes this lobby was extremely helpful, and sometimes, of course, it defended its own interests.

I personally opposed the lobbying attempts of Yukos and the oil lobby many times. I thought that they were harmful, for instance, for the budgetary situatio

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