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Putin Ally Named Chief Of State Oil Company

Igor Sechin (left) is a longitme ally of President Vladimir Putin
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has appointed Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister in charge of the energy sector and longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, as chief executive of state-owned oil company Rosneft.

Sechin was not given a job in Medvedev's cabinet when Putin announced the new government's line-up on May 21 but he had been widely expected to retain his influence over the vital energy sector.

Earlier on May 22, Putin appointed several former ministers who also had not been included in Medvedev's cabinet to posts in the presidential administration.

The former interior minister, Rashid Nurgaliyev, was named deputy head of the presidential Security Council.

Nurgaliyev, as well as some of the other former ministers, had faced strong public criticism over their performance.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax