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  Ladies and gentlemen,   We are pleased to invite you on 18 April, 2018 (Wednesday), at 10:00, at a Briefing organized by the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies and the Bulgaria Analytica project.   The event will be held at the Grand Hotel Sofia‘s Hall SERDIKA, 1 Gurko Street, Sofia.   Keynote speakers: ▪ Mr Mikhail Krutikhin ▪ Mr Vladislav Inozemtsev Moderators: ▪ Mr Alex Alexiev and Mr Ilian Vassilev The discussion will take place in English.   Mr Mikhail Krutikhin – analyst and consultant on the oil and gas industry and politics in Russia; co-founder of and analyst with the RusEnergy consultancy in Moscow; editor-in-chief of The Russian Energy weekly newsletter. He previously served as editor-in-chief for the Russian Petroleum Investor and as associate editor for the Caspian Investor

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  Gazprom again is launching its mothballed project of bypassing Ukraine with Russia’s own version of a ‘Southern Gas Corridor’. On May 4 the Audacia pipe-laying vessel, run by Allseas Group, reached Anapa on the Russian coast of the Black Sea. Ten days later, another vessel of Allseas, the world’s largest pipe layer Pioneering Spirit, also made it to the Black Sea through the Bosporus to join the operation.   Allseas had been contracted by Gazprom in April 2014 to build the second string of the South Stream pipeline project after Italy’s Saipem had been awarded a contract for the first string. After the failure of the South Stream idea, Gazprom severed the contract with Saipem but asked Allseas replace the Italians in building the initial string of the pipeline,

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About Mikhail Krutikhin

Analyst and consultant on the oil and gas industry and politics in Russia; co-founder of and analyst with the RusEnergy consultancy in Moscow; editor-in-chief of The Russian Energy weekly newsletter. He previously served as editor-in-chief for the Russian Petroleum Investor and as associate editor for the Caspian Investor monthly magazines. Between 1972 and 1992, he worked for the TASS news agency in Moscow, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran, and Beirut, rising from correspondent to chief of bureau. Krutikhin graduated from Moscow State University majoring in Iranian linguistics, but later obtained his Ph.D. in modern history.
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  BulgariaAnalytica organized the first public meeting on the topic “Geopolitical and Geoenergy Dilemmas in the Intermarium Region – the US, EU and Russian Agendas,” which was held on September 21 in Sofia.   You can watch a recording of the lecture of Mikhail Krutikhin “RUSSIAN ENERGY POLICY REGARDING THE BALKANS, TURKEY AND EASTERN EUROPE”. Mikhail Krutikhin (Russia)  – analyst and consultant on the oil and gas industry and politics in Russia; co-founder of and analyst with the RusEnergy consultancy in Moscow.   Video:

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  BulgariaAnalytica.org is a project of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies (cbbss.org) designed to provide analytical, fact-based information on Bulgaria and its region on a wide variety of geopolitical, national security, economic, financial and foreign-political issues, among others. BulgariaAnalytica is an independent initiative, supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. Over the three months of its existence the analytical site has published more than 50 articles and analytical pieces both in Bulgarian and English. The ambition of the project is to disseminate comprehensive and timely analytical content to the public, the business, academic and professional communities, the governmental institutions, political and social leaders in Bulgaria and abroad. It will also provide a free platform for public dialogue involving the participation of the website’s key contributors, international guest