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Is Russia plotting to bring down Opec?

Energy industry is vital to Russia's survival and Putin's gameplan in the Mideast involves multiple strategies to protect it.

An oil field owned by Bashneft company north from Ufa, Bashkortostan in Russia.

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin's recent moves in the Middle East - to shore up Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria through deployment of combat aircraft, equipment, and manpower and buildout of air, naval, and ground-force bases, and the agreement last week with Iran, Iraq, and Syria on