>Red Terror File: Branch head of Russia’s largest independent gas producer Itera and colleague shot dead on December 5

>Another capitalist iced in Russia. Red Mafiya? Federal Security Service? Either way, state-run Gazprom, the Putinist regime, and the restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union benefit through the elimination of competition. The wire report below observes blandly: “High-profile business-related killings have become common in Russia in recent months . . .”

Russian gas production chief shot dead
AFP, MOSCOW
Petroleumworld.com 12 05 06

A branch head of Russia’s largest independent gas producer Itera was shot and killed Monday as he left his office in the central Russian city of Samara, police said.

Alexander Samoylenko, the general director of Itera’s Samara operations, was gunned down by automatic weapons along with a colleague as he left his office around 8:00 pm local time (1700 GMT), a police spokesman said.

“Samoylenko died on the way to the hospital,” where his wounded colleague was also taken, the Interfax news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

Itera, like all Russia’s independent gas producers, relies heavily on state-controlled gas giant Gazprom to transport its gas to markets.

Itera’s activity in the Samara region, around 1100 kilometers (680 miles) east of Moscow, is centred around oil extraction and transport, according to the official ITAR-TASS news agency.

In addition to heading Itera-Samara, Samoylenko was the general director of AvtoVAZenergo, a division of auto-maker AvtoVAZ, ITAR-TASS said.

High-profile business-related killings have become common in Russia in recent months and include the apparent assassination in September of Central Bank first deputy head Andrei Kozlov and Rusia Petroleum chief engineer Enver Ziganshin.

2 responses to “>Red Terror File: Branch head of Russia’s largest independent gas producer Itera and colleague shot dead on December 5

  1. mah29001 December 12, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    >Looks like the Russian Mafia is doing the FSB’s dirty work in taking control of independent gas companies. Hmm, wonder if China will also follow suit in doing the same?

  2. mah29001 December 12, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    >This also reminds me of how Communists took control of private property during their violent revolutions.

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