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Viktor Katona

Contributor since: 20 Feb 2017

Viktor Katona

Viktor Katona is an Group Physical Trader at MOL Group and Expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, currently based in Budapest.

Disclaimer: views set out in Viktor's articles are solely those of the author in his private capacity.

Latest articles from Viktor

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    Russia has been historically associated with oil and gas exports, yet the news somewhat underreports its coal market presence. Although neither the world’s largest coal…

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    Published 23 January 2020 | viewed 5,845 times

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  • This Emerging Oil Hotspot Threatens The OPEC Deal

    Published 21 January 2020 | viewed 20,720 times

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    Published 18 January 2020 | viewed 39,634 times

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    Published 31 December 2019 | viewed 25,254 times

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    Published 29 December 2019 | viewed 10,142 times

    Unless the remaining days of December surprise us with a world-beating hydrocarbon discovery, 2019 will go down as one of the weakest years on record…

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    Published 26 December 2019 | viewed 19,165 times

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  • Putin Makes A Move In Libya’s Oil Crescent

    Published 25 December 2019 | viewed 23,663 times

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    Published 21 November 2019 | viewed 17,900 times

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