Trio of internal intelligence generals in favour with the Kremlin
Three internal intelligence officials have received appointments in the Russian administration recently, underscoring the rising influence of several key figures.
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Yuri Shafranik, head of SoyuzNefteGaz since its creation in 2000, is Russian oil diplomacy's homing missile. Energy minister under Boris Eltsin, he has guided Russia back to into the oil and gas industries of its former satellites and Arab allies.