Igor Ivanovich Sechin (Russian: Игорь Иванович Сечин, born 7 September 1960, Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a Russian official, considered a close ally of Vladimir Putin. Sechin is often described as one of Putin's most conservative counselors and the leader of the Kremlin's Siloviki faction, a statist lobby gathering former security services agents.
Igor Sechin currently is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Vladimir Putin's cabinet.
Igor Sechin graduated from Leningrad State University in 1984 as a linguist fluent in Portuguese and French.
In the 1980s Igor Sechin worked in Mozambique. He was officially a Soviet interpreter. It is believed that he was a resident spy.
According to Stratfor, Sechin was "the USSR’s point man for weapons smuggling to much of Latin America and the Middle East" and he reportedly served with GRU agent and arms smuggler Viktor Bout.
From 1991 to 1996, he worked at St. Petersburg mayor's office, and became a chief of staff of the first deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin in 1994. From 1996 to 1997, Sechin served as a deputy of Vladimir Putin, who worked in the presidential property management department.
From 1997 to 1998, Sechin was the chief of the general...