When Igor Sechin was working as President Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff a decade ago, visitors to his Kremlin office noticed an unusual collection on the bookshelves: row after row of bound volumes containing minutes of Communist Party congresses.
Sochi Olympics head Dmitry Chernyshenko knew three Western horror films when he was a child: “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th” and “Miracle on Ice,” a film about the U.S.’s 4-3 defeat of the Soviet Union men’s hockey team at the 1980 Games.
As Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin argue over human rights in Russia and the fate of fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, the countries’ biggest oil companies are preparing to drill for giant discoveries together in the Arctic Ocean.
As Mikhail Khodorkovsky ends more than a decade in prison, the man who built Russia’s largest oil company following the collapse of communism will find an industry where the state dominates once again.
Vladimir Putin’s energy czar Igor Sechin, who laid the groundwork for $500 billion in potential investments with Western oil companies, is set to push ahead with the plans even after changing jobs under a new government.