Page title: Pur&Pir Questions Back to: Piraat, NRC Handelsblad
Moskou Bureau g English
- Both Chodorkovsky and Bogdanov are said to have a "philosophy". How do they
sound? Is it really a philosophy? Why (not)?
- Why does the author choose to call Bogdanov in the introduction a "Calvinist"
(because literally he is probably atheist or Greek orthodox).
- Why is Bogdanov nick named red oil baron? What makes him
- Is the "robbery of the century" really a robbery? In what sense it is, in what
sense it is not?
- According to the text, Chodorkovski was thought to be more "Western" in his
approach. Is that thought correct?
- Stenkin, manager of sports is payed by the oil concern. "We could of
course have started with commerce, but that would have led to brothels and casino's and we
do not want that here". Is he right? How does this relate to capitalist ideas of free
- Chodorkovsky is said not to be interested in the fate of the population.
Should he be? What are the Western economic ideas about that?
- The author is clearly sympathetic to Bogdanov, "saviour of
Russia". What are the objections against the view that persons with a
certain character or capacity can "save" a country.
- Is there any reason to believe that Bogdanov-type of economic leaders
stay on top easier and longer than Chodorkovski-type leaders? How if they would not
operate in Russia, but in the West? How if they would operate in Asia?