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Putin Honors Igor Sechin's Son For 'Longstanding' State Service

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Ivan Sechin's father, Igor (right), is a longtime confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Ivan Sechin's father, Igor (right), is a longtime confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted a state award to the son of Rosneft head Igor Sechin for "longstanding" service to the country's fuel and energy sector.

In a January 20 decree, Putin decorated Sechin’s son, Ivan, with the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, 2nd Class, which honors civilians for their success in a range of fields.

Ivan Sechin, reportedly 25 years old, is a first deputy director of a department focusing on joint shelf projects at Rosneft, the state-owned oil giant run by his father.

The younger Sechin has worked at Rosneft for less than a year.

Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin confidant, is one of several members of the Russian president's inner circle slapped with U.S. and EU sanctions last year over the Kremlin's role in the Ukraine crisis.

With reporting by RBC, Kommersant, and Slon.ru
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