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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Oganesyan Quits His Energy Post

Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov has dismissed Sergei Oganesyan, head of the state agency that coordinates oil exports, at his own request, the government said on its web site.

Oganesyan, head of the Federal Energy Agency, got permission to leave his post five months after he went on vacation, in May, Interfax reported late Wednesday.

It was unclear Thursday what prompted Oganesyan to quit. His agency regulated export supplies via state oil pipeline monopoly Transneft.

Transneft spokesman Sergei Grigoryev was at a meeting Thursday and unavailable for comment. Transneft CEO Semyon Vainshtok left the company last month to head preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"We didn't have any troubles with shipping oil abroad," an oil industry source said, requesting anonymity because it was not company policy to comment on government agencies. "Our requests were taken into account."

Oganesyan's resignation could be linked to the planned merger of Transneft and Transnefteprodukt, a pipeline company that transports refined products, speculated Yevgenia Dyshlyuk, an analyst at UralSib. He might have not seen how he would regulate exports via the new company, she said.

Oganesyan was appointed to head the Federal Energy Agency in 2004, moving from the position of vice president of state oil company Rosneft.