I've been checking out Gazprom for some time now. People advise from investing due to the corruption and uncertainty about cooking the books. However, the U.S. is manipulated by Goldman and about to fall into the toilet. I think Gazprom is a good way to deversify in an uncertain economy.
What are talking about? This is not a real natural gas company because it is a piggy bank for the government. Russia gets about 20% of its budget from its oil and gas companies and has proposed increasing taxes 22% on the oil and gas companies and siphoning off $22 billion more a year to pay the government budget.
The government decides what is left for shareholders.