"Margarita Mercedes Balmaceda is among the few international authors who have spent considerable time exploring Belarus itself. Moreover, unlike those who have mainly concentrated on history-related issues, she is mostly interested in the very specific, though complicated, subject of energy. Though the emphasis is on Belarus, the book also describes the energy policy of Russia, uncovering the different stakeholders and the motives behind a rather exceptional approach towards official Minsk. As Lukashenka re-elected himself as president last year the energy quest is likely to continue in a similar manner for some time. Balmaceda offers several reasons why this is not likely to be an optimistic outlook for Belarus."