December 29, 1992
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevron Corp. said yesterday that it expects to begin full-scale operations April 1 in its joint venture with the Republic of Kazakhstan to develop the immense Tengiz and Korolev oil fields on the northeastern Caspian Sea coast.Tengiz is regarded as one of the world's top 10 fields, with reserves likely to be as much as 35 billion barrels.After two years of often tortuous negotiations, Chevron and Kazakhstan agreed in May to a 50-50 joint venture to develop the oil fields, the largest such arrangement to date between a large republic of the Commonwealth of Independent States and a multinational oil company.
October 17, 2007
TEHRAN, Iran -- Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, appearing side by side with his Iranian counterpart at a five-nation summit here yesterday, made a powerful show of support for America's regional arch-enemy, drawing the line against any attack on Iran and reaffirming Iran's right to civilian use of nuclear energy. While Putin stopped short of unconditional support of the Iranian regime, the tenor of his remarks appeared at odds with earlier suggestions from the Bush administration that Putin might take a more pro-Western stance.
February 17, 1997
AS GOURMANDS know only too well, catches of Caspian sturgeon, source of the coveted beluga caviar, are fast diminishing. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, rules against over-fishing have evaporated. Meanwhile, pollution has worsened as multi-national firms scramble to exploit huge oil deposits under the Caspian Sea.Residents will tell you that the local economies have gone to ruin since the former Soviet states gained independence. Yet the long-range prospects of Kazakstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are bright.
December 8, 1991
NEW YORK -- The Cold War may be over but the annual caviar war is flaring up again. Macy's and Zabar's are sniping at each other's bottom lines on beluga. In the next few weeks, the price of a 14-ounce container of this most prized grade of sturgeon eggs is likely to fall well below last year's price of just under $400.This year, there is also plenty of undercover maneuvering worthy of John le Carre. The breaking up of the Soviet Union has thrown a once orderly business into turmoil.Lack of central government control there has opened the door for all kinds of entrepreneurs: on the fishing boats, in the processing plants and in the marketplace.
January 16, 1994
Last Monday evening, members of la Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's oldest eating societies, got a taste of the good life. Certainly this group is accustomed to the best from the culinary world; however, Nancy and Tom Stuehler, la Chaine members who were the party hosts, outdid themselves.The Stuehlers operate Truffles, the gourmet arm of LaFontaine Bleu, out of the Belvedere Hotel, so they took this opportunity to show off their food and the Belvedere banquet rooms in (Russian) style.
March 26, 2012
This week,"The Amazing Race"brings us hay, oil, apples, cheese and crackers. Plus a little bit of heartbreak. I'm fortified with lots of homemade peppermint cookies, though, so I can get through this. Remember Bavaria? Land of Beards and Inquisitive Cows? That was so seven days ago. The remaining teams are sent to Baku, Azerbaijan. I know, you're all, “I'm so tired of everyone always going to Azerbaijan, it's like the Palm Springs of the Eurasian continent.” I'll still give you a geography refresher, though.