Bolivarian Revolution File: Chavez continues recovery in Havana, while Maduro fetes Rosneft boss in Caracas, clinches US$10 billion petroleum deal with Russia’s National Oil Consortium; Igor “Darth Vader” Sechin widely viewed as KGB/FSB’s unofficial pointman over Russian energy sector; Venezuelan VP praises Moscow investment, foundation for country’s “socialist project”

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MSM bio on Sechin

Management bios at the Rosneft website unwittingly reveal the ideological continuity of the Russian leadership both before and after the managed “collapse” of the Soviet Union. The official bio for Igor Sechin, for example, omits the entire period between 1984 and 2000, during which Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev implemented perestroika (“socialist restructuring”). If there was a genuine democratization of Russia after 1991 and if Sechin has no need to hide any aspect of his career, then why this 16-year gap in his official bio? Conversely, Rosneft makes no attempt to hide the Chekist roots of its deputy chairman, Sergei Shishin, who worked for the KGB/FSB between 1980 and 2007.

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