State-run Russian oil behemoth Rosneft helps Vladi­mir Putin tighten his economic grip

By Irina Reznik, Stephen Bierman, Henry Meyer, February 7, 2014

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.

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