Do you remember Russia being lectured about the value of the free market and the paramount nature of market prices? I don't know if those lectures included the phrase "make sure you are screwing the customer".
Whether they did, or they did not, what sort of double standard is it to criticise the Russians for charging market rates? If they charged less, there would be complaints about subsidies and inefficient allocation of resources, so what is the beef when the DO
charge close to market rates. Get over it.
And on the subject of Soviet spies, Putin murdered that guy on his way back from destroying the twin towers, or that seems to be the basis of your headline Fxramper.
For gas price news see:
For context try:
And for a summary of gas prices to end 2005 try:
In the BP
data you will see how Russia has been undercharging Ukraine compared with gas prices in other areas.
But heck, the Russians have been good for bashing for half a century, why stop now?