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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Gives Patrushev's Son a Medal

President Vladimir Putin has awarded Andrei Patrushev, the 26-year-old son of Federal Security Service director Nikolai Patrushev, a medal of honor for his many years of service in the economic sphere, the Kremlin said in a decree posted online Wednesday.

Andrei Patrushev has worked with state-owned oil firm Rosneft since September, when he was appointed adviser to Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin. He completed his studies at the FSB Academy four years ago, where he was a classmate of Pavel Fradkov, the son of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, reported.

Before moving to Rosneft, Andrei Patrushev was deputy director of the FSB's department that watches oil company activities, Kommersant reported at the time of the appointment, citing an unidentified Rosneft official. The appointment was seen as solidifying control of Rosneft by a group of security and military officials close to Putin.

Sechin, a Kremlin deputy chief of staff and former KGB official believed to have played a key role in the legal attack on Yukos, was appointed to chair Rosneft's board in July 2004, despite having no experience in oil.

Rosneft could become the country's biggest oil producer if it manages to win two key auctions for Yukos' remaining oil units over the next week.

Dmitry Patrushev, Andrei's older brother, oversees loans to oil companies at state-owned VTB Group, Kommersant said in September.