Cover Osteuropa 7/2013

In Osteuropa 7/2013

Gas, Price, and Russia’s Modernization
Pricing Policy and Energy Efficiency in Russia

Indra Øverland

Deutsche Fassung


To increase energy efficiency in Russia, subsidies should be cut and energy prices increased so as to create an incentive to save energy. It is widely believed that the Russian authorities shy away from increasing gas prices for private households, because they fear the political consequences. It is difficult to determine exactly how high gas consumption in private households is and the extent to which it is subsidized. However, in light of demographic and cultural changes and increases in household income, it is unlikely that the price of gas could become a conflict-laden issue.

(Osteuropa 7/2013, pp. 61–74)