Oleg Feoktistov, Vice-President and the head of security service of Rosneft, a Russian oil giant, was dismissed from this state-owned company, as well as from the Federal Security Service (the FSB) of Russia, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reports on Tuesday citing its sources in Rosneft and the FSB.
Until recently, Feoktistov was considered to be one of the most influential FSB generals in Russia. Before his appointment to Rosneft, Oleg Feoktistov had served as a deputy head of the Internal Security Directorate (USB) of the FSB. This Directorate was engaged in investigation of the most high-profile criminal cases in Russia initiated in recent years, including cases against former governors Nikita Belykh and Alexander Khoroshavin. According to the media, Feoktistov played a crucial role in the arrest and further investigation against the former Minister of Economic Development, Alexei Ulyukayev.
Oleg Feoktistov has always been considered a person close to President of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, something that was proved true by the General’s appointment as Vice-President of the oil company in September 2016, Novaya Gazeta notes. Feoktistov also took up a position of the head of Rosneft’s security service as a so-called “FSB seconded employee”. As a reference, seconded employees are appointed to senior positions in strategically important companies to overlook their business.