The Legal Framework for Doing Business in Russia: A Summary


  • Paul Drager



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


The Canadian oil and gas industry has been particularly successful in establishing operations in Russia. The author argues that the Canadian penetration of Russia's byzantine legislation, regulation and bureaucracy is due to Canada's long history of governmental and commercial dealings with the former Soviet Union; to Canada's relatively low profile on the international political scene; and to the fact that those involved in the petroleum industries in Canada and Russia share similar experiences in terms of the problems posed by climate, geology and jurisdictional overlap in both countries, experiences which have led to mutual understanding and enhanced co-operation. The author provides an overview of the issues and options which confront a Canadian company in the process of establishing a viable operation in Russia. He suggests that patience, flexibility and long-term planning are the management tools required to succeed in Russia's fluid and complex legal and legislative environment.