Can Russia become an oil paradise?

June 20, 2008 | 00:00

Can Russia become an oil paradise?

In the article, IEP president Vladimir Milov argues that "petrostates" can be clearly divided into two unequal groups: those countries where the population is sufficiently small to live well off of hydrocarbon exports, and those countries where such income is barely sufficient to cover the most basic needs of the population and the appetites of government bureaucrats. A large population and a significant domestic demand for energy effectively mean that Russia can never become an "oil paradise." For all intents and purposes, the question of funding the broad modernization of Russia on the back of its energy potential can be considered moot. It is impossible, and there are not sufficient resources for such an endeavor.

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