Interesting article by Nina L Krushcheva on the make-up of the energy corporations. According to Krushcheva:
About 30% of the Kremlin elite used to work with the secret services or still do, and an astounding 80% are associated with either the Russian or Soviet-era military-industrial complex.
These numbers do not particularly surprise me. Although, I think that the first number seems a little low. Even so, I wholeheartedly recommend this article, along with “Russia’s Significant Seven“. The Seven that Potts refers to are from Forbes Russia’s editor Maxim Kashulinsky. According to Kashulinsky, the Seven are:
1. Vladimir Putin;
2. Igor Sechin;
3. Dmitry Medvedev;
4. Alexei Kudrin;
5. Vagit Alekperov (Lukoil President);
6. Oleg Deripaska (Basic Element);
7. Patriarch Kirill.
I get why he chose these people, I just do not know that I would choose Alexei Kudrin over Slava, and Oleg Deripaska over… choose your own oligarch. Because, let’s face it, while Vagit is at least independent (per Kashulinsky), Deripaska is almost entirely dependent on VVP. It is the nature of the system.