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INSIGHT - RUSSIA/FAR EAST - more on new guy, Ishayev

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5528964
Date 2009-05-18 17:29:49

ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in the Kremlin
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: One of the top within the Kremlin circle

Ishayev's job will be to consolidate all the mess in the Far East. It is
really unwieldy and chaotic in that region. Yes the governors have been
replaced, but there hasn't been a consolidation politically or
economically of the institutions, power and groups in order for the
Kremlin to feel confident in the region's ability to coordinate itself or

Ishayev's predecessor, Safonov, was suppose to do this consolidation, but
he was too wrapped up in strong-arming the players in the region, that he
scared off a lot of efficient people. Ishayev has a lighter touch. But he
is no pushover, for he was trained by Surkov-who is his guardian and

The problems I foresee is that bc he is a Surkov man, that Ishayev may get
involved in the Rosneft-vs-Surkov politics. I can not say this for sure
since even Surkov knows that the Far East energy is Rosneft and TNK's
turf. But lets just say Ishayev will be keeping an eye on how efficient
those groups are.

Ishayev has relationships with all three of the big Asians. But they are
very different relationships with each. He doesn't trust the Chinese and
sees them as an enemy and untrustworthy. He has been ordered to curb his
feelings, but the Kremlin is keeping a close eye on him just in case.
Ishayev thinks a relationship with the Japanese is the way for Russia's
future. He is deeply tied into the Japanese system both politically and
economically. Ishayev has a relationship with the Koreans, but is still
unsure of them. He isn't against them, but doesn't feel he understands
their game yet, like he does with the other two.
Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334