Extraction and the Politics of Natural Resources. Feb 10, 2006 11:31:06 GMT -5
Post by repin on Feb 10, 2006 11:31:06 GMT -5
The thread got too large for the original title, so I had to change it..
PUTIN'S PHD THESIS ESSENTIAL READING FOR OFFICIALS
Ren TV, Moscow, in Russian 2030 gmt 2 Feb 06
BBC Monitoring Service, UK, in English, Sunday, Feb 05, 2006
[Presenter] It turns out that Vladimir Putin foretold the gas row with Ukraine many years ago. Back in 1997 he wrote about it in his PhD thesis, the St Petersburg Mining Academy, where the future president of Russia had his PhD viva, has revealed.
Now Putin's thesis dealing with problems of the mining sector is causing much interest not only among researches but also among politicians and civil servants. Moreover, many observers believe that many of the principles set out in it nine years ago are now consistently being implemented at the federal level. Aleksandr Zhestkov has more details.
[Correspondent] In the event of a fire, this room will be filled with a gas which is lethal for human being but is life-saving for books. This is the sanctum sanctorum of the Russian State Library - a room where PhD theses are kept. It is here that Vladimir Putin's paper is also kept. Visitors to the library are free to borrow the president's thesis. In the catalogue it is listed in-between the PhDs by Tatyana Putilovskaya and Gennadiy Putin.
Vladimir Putin's PhD can be read by anybody. All it takes is to register with the country's main library, find the thesis in the catalogue, order it and 30 minutes later you will have the folio in your hands. Last year the thesis was lent for reading eight times. Librarians say it is a lot: some theses remain without anybody's attention for years, whereas here there is a clear interest.
[Aleksandr Soshnin, head of the Russian State Library's theses department] You are holding in your hands something that was typed by the person who wrote it. It is like an old manuscript. You are touching something that Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] also touched.
[Correspondent] The thesis is about strategic planning and replenishment of the raw material base of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region in a developing market economy. However, those experts who have read the thesis have learnt a lot of interesting things not only about St Petersburg. Principles of state policy in the mining sector that were set out nine years ago are now being consistently implemented at the federal level.
Researchers at the St Petersburg Mining Academy, where Putin held his PhD viva, have already found in his thesis a prophecy of the gas war with Ukraine, obviously expressed in a coded fashion.
[Vladimir Litvinenko, vice chancellor of the St Petersburg Mining Academy] One can indeed find if not a direct answer to those processes that are today taking place with Russian gas which passes through Ukraine, then general views on the state's presence in the system of regulating the activities of large companies.
[Correspondent, quoting from the thesis] Irrespectively of who owns natural, namely mineral, resources, the state has the right to regulate their development and use [end of quote].
Putin's thesis has become essential reading for officials at the Natural Resources Ministry. From this thesis we learn what are the president's views in our subject area are, the minister says.
[Yuriy Trutnev, Russian natural resources minister] I think that the Natural Resources Ministry is very lucky in that Vladimir Vladimorovich's thesis deals with our subject area.
[Correspondent] The minister says so far he has no plans to make his staff spend their nights studying Putin's thesis. Yuriy Trutnev is sure that his staff will read the thesis themselves and with pleasure.
[Trutnev] I don't think we shall have any centralized campaign to promote this thesis. My understanding is simply that any expert working in the sector should study specialized literature, should seek to raise their professional level. I think that studying the thesis we are talking about is part of this obligatory self-development work for any expert.
[Correspondent] At the time Vladimir Putin was defending his PhD paper, Mikhail Delyagin was working on his doctoral thesis. He is used to acting as the president's opponent in politics but now he is doing it as a fellow academic.
[Mikhail Delyagin, director of the Globalization Institute] I began reading with an urge in my fingers to pull it to pieces, but you know what, it is a thesis like any other, rather ordinary in fact. There are no obviously silly things in it. Equally, he did not discover Newton's fourth law either - it probably does not exist anyway.
[Correspondent] Delyagin says that the process by which people in this country, especially famous people, are awarded PhDs is a sham and a show. Having said that, Doctor Delyagin still has the thesis by Putin, PhD, saved in his computer.