JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin Allies’ Oil Feud Spills Into Public View” – Reuters

Oil Well file photo

“The blame game over a [Russian oil industry] contamination scandal … has breached … Putin’s inner circle. Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft,File Photo Rosneft and Russian Flags Next to Rosneft Banner the world’s biggest publicly-traded oil company, and Nikolai Tokarev, the boss of Transneft, the world’s largest pipeline network, are embroiled in an unusually public and rancorous dispute over their companies’ responses to the contamination of Russia’s Druzhba (“Friendship”) pipeline … that disrupted exports and tarnished Moscow’s image as a reliable energy supplier. Sechin and Tokarev have quarreled … for over a decade about everything from tariffs to Chinese oil deliveries. But the bitter and public nature of their latest clash is new and puts Putin in a tricky position … both have been part of his circle of loyalists for decades. …”

Igor Sechin file photoBack in the 1980s, Tokarev was a Putin KGB colleague in East Germany.

Sechin’s ties to Putin date to the St. Petersburg mayor’s office in the early 1990s.

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