"Given that the United States, as well as Russia, is a major energy producer and user, Russian energy trends and policies affect U.S. energy markets and economic welfare in general. An increase in Russia's energy production and its ability to export that energy could ease the supply situation in energy markets in the Atlantic and Pacific Basins. On the other hand, the Russian government's moves to take control of the country's energy supplies may reduce the amount of oil available. Possibly, U.S. suppliers of oil and gas field equipment and services could increase sales and investment in Russia. However, while the investment climate in Russia had been considered to be improving, it arguably is now worsening, as investors complain that it is inhospitable with respect to factors such as poor property rights protection, burdensome tax laws, inefficient government bureaucracy, and a tendency to limit foreign investor participation. This report, which will be updated as events warrant, was originally written by Bernard A. Gelb, CRS Specialist in Industry Economics, retired."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33212