Shamil Yenikeyeff
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Shamil Yenikeyeff

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff

is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and is also a Research Fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

Dr Yenikeyeff's current research focuses on the political economy of the oil and gas sectors of Russia and Central Asia with emphasis on economic policies, state-business relations, corporate strategies, political and economic risks.

He holds a first class degree in law from the Bashkir State University, Russia, and an M.Phil and D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.


His forthcoming book, The Battle for Russian Oil: Corporations, Regions, and the State, is to be published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

The book explores the dynamics within the Russian political system through a prism of the oil sector. Over the past twenty years, Russia’s political leadership has shaped the oil sector on the basis of a continued search for the best model of managing a complex industry, using it for economic stability and growth as well as gaining access to Western financial and energy markets and technology.

However, the Kremlin’s strategic decisions on the development of the domestic oil sector have often been shaped by ongoing battles for lucrative corporate assets between different elite forces. At the same time, Russian leaders, from Yeltsin to Putin, strived to use this elite infighting for political consolidation and the strengthening of their own power. Therefore, the elective affinities of political elites to specific corporate oil assets confirm a neat institutional logic that has been in operation in Russia since the collapse of the USSR in 1991: the use of the oil industry as a maximalist vehicle for elite survival and political consolidation.

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