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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Miller Treated for Kidney Stones

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller is being treated in a hospital for kidney stones, and his condition is improving, a spokesman for the company said Wednesday.

"There was a planned hospitalization on Friday," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said. "There were complications in the process. Now the conditions are better."

Kupriyanov said chief financial officer Andrei Kruglov was deputizing for Miller, 45, who was named head of the gas monopoly by President Vladimir Putin in 2001.

Vedomosti reported that Miller was seriously ill, citing unidentified sources close to Miller. Putin appointed Miller, a close ally from St. Petersburg, to enforce Kremlin control over Gazprom.

Kruglov, 38, joined Gazprom in 2002. Also a native of St. Petersburg, he worked in the local Mayor's Office, as did Putin and Miller. Before joining the Mayor's Office in 1995, he worked at Dresdner Bank.