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January 5, 2009 Even as the global financial crisis pummels the economy, Moscow says it's going ahead with plans for large investments in Gazprom, the world's largest producer of natural gas. The company lies at the center of the Kremlin's strategy to boost control over global energy supplies.
January 5, 2009 Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly is the world's largest producer of natural gas. Despite recent financial setbacks, Gazprom still pumps billions of dollars into the government's budget and plans to continue plans to expand its global reach.
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January 6, 2009 Germany is the biggest customer of Russia's state natural gas monopoly, Gazprom. It supplies more than 40 percent of Germany's gas. Some worry that Russia is using its natural resources as a political weapon, but others say the influence goes both ways.
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January 7, 2009 Belgrade is part of a fierce struggle between Russia and the West over the future of energy supplies to Europe. Russia has taken control of Serbia's state oil and gas industry, while the Serbian capital hopes to be a hub for a major Russian gas pipeline.
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