Sechin strictly follows Putin's instructions but also appears to influence the president. Industry sources say that in 2005 Sechin blocked plans that Putin had blessed for Rosneft to merge with Gazprom (GAZP.ME) because he did not like the way control of the behemoth would be shared.


Why do you think the author didn't use a definite article with control?

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    Why do you think there ought to be the definite article? There's no need. – Kris Apr 29 '14 at 12:04

"control" is, in this case, a mass noun, and thus, the definite article can often be omitted.


A definite article should be used before specific abstract nouns. I think that this is a mistake.

  • I disagree. You would never say that Putin "seized the control of Gazprom." – chapka Apr 29 '14 at 13:29

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