Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former German intelligence officer Matthias Wanich have resigned from the board of directors of Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft, the company said Friday.
Neither has told the company that it will not be able to continue its role on the board of directors of the state-owned group, which accounts for 40% of Russia’s crude oil production.
Their departure from Rosneft occurs after a series of other foreign members have left the board of directors of Russian companies either from personal beliefs or due to sanctions after Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
Early Friday, Reuters Was reporting Prior to the latest round of EU sanctions on May 15, five vice presidents (all foreigners) said they had resigned from Rosneft.
Asked by email if he had resigned from Rosneft, Kasimiro is the chief lieutenant of Rosneft CEO Igor Setin, citing an ambiguous excerpt from Oscar Wilde’s Ballad of Reading Prison. And answered. Rosneft did not respond to requests for comment.
Schroeder has been chairing the Rosneft Board of Directors since 2017. According to last year’s Rosneft annual report, he was paid $ 600,000 a year. Schröder was also nominated for the board of directors of Russia’s giant gas producer Gazprom this year. The June shareholder vote was to confirm his appointment. It has not been announced so far whether Schröder will continue to pursue that role.
The former Prime Minister has faced harsh criticism of his role in Rosneft, and the European Parliament is calling for his blacklist. The German ruling party resolved this week to deprive Schroeder of parliamentary privilege as he became angry over refusing to stay away from the Kremlin despite the invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin’s best friend, Wanich, has been working in Russia for many years, first overseeing the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany and then chief executive officer of the nasty Nord Stream 2, which is now blocked by the EU. I was supervising as the person in charge. Schröder also chaired Nord Stream 2.