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Gas pains [commentary]

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Russia expert Marshall Goldman has dubbed the country a ¿ petrostate,¿ but with all due respect, that¿s somewhat misleading; Russia is really a gigantic natural-gas company backed by a huge nuclear arsenal and an increasingly proficient, conventional military [see The Data, in this issue]. Though it¿s also a top oil producer, it uses almost all of its oil itself and has little influence on the world market. But with its seemingly boundless gas reserves, Russia is in a position to dominate the Eurasian market for at least a generation to come.

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IEEE Spectrum  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 11 )