Lukoil Is Lonesome

It wants a Western partner

Vagit Alekperov, president of Lukoil, Russia's largest oil company, prides himself on his ability to think big. His sixth-floor office at the company's Moscow headquarters is dominated by one of those enormous world maps that generals, presidents, and CEOs are fond of. The Lukoil version comes with scores of tiny lights pinpointing company projects inside and outside of Russia.

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