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From the Western perspective, it is hard to attain a clear image of the current state of Russian governmental and economic institutions. The clear nature of the government and of Russia's markets highlights a lack of transparency once hopefully envisioned under motions like Glasnost and Perestroika, regarding liberalization of Russia's economy and democratization of its society and government. The issue is, has Russia really changed that much in the Soviet era, and in that case how can we take measure of this shift or is it feasible to achieve that? We regularly notice isolated events, such as oligarchs getting detained, mergers and acquisitions in specific market segments, terrorists evaporating, regional unrest, and Russia giving up its hopes of joining western institutions. We get no clear sense of if the Russian people have a voice, of whether their welfare is a country priority, or of if the Russian markets operate with the freedom and willingness envisioned following the Soviet collapse. The only hope westerners need for gleaning any kind of reasonable depiction of contemporary Russia is through inferences made from specific scenarios. Gazprom is just one such case, and it indicates that, despite claims of democratization and liberal economic order, modern Russia still looks itself in the collapse of the Soviet Union. In late 2008 Russia and Ukraine were embroiled in their continuous conflict over natural resources; specifically, the battle involved the new rates Russia would cost in 2009 for gas. With growing energy security concerns rising in Western Europe, and the Russian gas giant Gazprom gaining significant strength and leverage there, the argument raged and continues to rage on the future role of Gazprom...