Russian Energy's Bright Spark
Among the six telephones on the desk of Boris A. Brevnov, chairman of Russia's Unified Energy System, one stands out: the white one with a gold crest in place of a dial. It's a direct line to First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov's office. The two call each other several times a week, working together to overhaul UES, the government-controlled electric utility. With sales of $23 billion, it rivals gas monopoly Gazprom for first place among Russian companies--and is key to the country's economic renewal.
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