Leonid Nevzlin, a majority shareholder and former senior executive of Yukos Oil,
discussed the effects of politics and government policy on the economic
development of post-communist Russia, and the dismantling of the
country's largest oil producer Yukos Oil. Yukos, the first
shareholder-owned company in Russia, was sold earlier this year to help
cover more than $27 billion in tax claims that the Russian government
lodged against the company. The company's founder was sentenced to
prison; Nevzlin immigrated to Israel.
The lecture, part of the Morton L. Topfer Chair Lecture Series, was held on Polytechnic University's MetroTech campus November 21.