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Putin Said to Blame Energy Chief Sechin After Rosneft Missteps

Igor Sechin, who’s been close to Vladimir Putin for more than 20 years, has long been the president’s point man on energy: first as an adviser, then deputy prime minister, and since 2012 head of state oil company OAO Rosneft.

Today, the relationship is showing signs of tension as Sechin’s quest to build a dominant player in Russia’s most important industry falters in the face of lower oil prices and economic sanctions.