Business & Government

Photo: James Hill for The New York Times
A worker exposed to the elements prepared and welded pipes forming a pipeline intended to bring gas from wells across the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field into its central complex for drying before distribution into the main Gazprom network.

Pool photograph by Dmitry Astakhov
Gazprom’s chairman, Dmitri Medvedev (center), now Russia’s president, celebrated the company’s anniversary this year with the C.E.O. Alexei Miller, at his left, and the band Deep Purple.

An interesting article on Russian Politics and big business - specifically Gazprom - in the New York Times last week. It just goes to show that corporations and profiteering is what government is really all about these days. I'm thinking not only of Medvedev & Putin but also Bush, Cheney, & Rumsfeld. I don't remember where I heard it first but there is a notion that while communism's aim was to make everyone the same, capitalism can achieve that aim much better. No wonder the Russians have embraced it.

I also thought James Hill's photographs accompanied the article well, which was also illustrated with the photograph of Medvedev looking stupidly pleased with himself posing with Deep Purple. Rock and Roll.

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