We’re not a banana republic, says Mitvol

He runs RosPrirodNadzr, the environmental authority, with an iron hand and says he wishes to wipe out corruption in domestic companies as well as the international firms that have taken Russia to be a banana republic. His latest battle, which could have ended up at the Stockholm arbitration court, was his fight against Shell for the Sakhalin-2 energy project.Does deputy minister Oleg Mitvol really mean what he says?