Poly Lecture Explores the Rise and Fall of Yukos Oil

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.