State Names Rosneftegaz, Alrosa Picks

The government on Friday renominated a number of key officials to the boards of state companies, including Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Kudrin and Kremlin deputy chief of staff Igor Sechin.

Kudrin was renamed to the board of state diamond miner Alrosa, which he currently chairs. The government listed its other current representatives, including presidential aide Sergei Samoilov, as candidates for the new board, Interfax reported Friday.

The nominations came on the same day that presidential candidate Dmitry Medvedev said fewer government officials should serve on the boards of state-controlled companies.

The company, which mines one-quarter of the world's diamonds, will elect a new 15-member board at an annual general meeting later this year.

The government also nominated its representatives on Friday for state-owned Rosneftegaz , the holding company that controls Rosneft and owns a 10-percent stake in Gazprom. Under the decree, Sechin will remain on the board, as will Rosneft chief executive Sergei Bogdanchikov. The five-member board will also, as before, include the head of Gazprom's legal department, Konstantin Chuichenko.

One current board member, Federal Energy Agency deputy head Yevgeny Terpugov, was not renominated. He was replaced by Denis Askinadze, an official at the Economic Development and Trade Ministry.