Igor Sechin is the former deputy prime minister of Russia and current executive chairman of the state-run oil giant Rosneft.
A former KGB agent, Sechin is considered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “right-hand man,” and some speculate that, if Putin is re-elected in 2018, Sechin will become prime minister. Sechin is also close friends with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In 2011, Sechin partnered with Tillerson, at the time the CEO of Exxon Mobil, on a $500-billion energy partnership; the deal was halted in 2014 when Sechin came under U.S. sanctions after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Sechin reportedly met with Carter Page, at the time a member of the Trump campaign’s five-person foreign-policy advisory team, while Page was in Moscow to give a speech at the New Economic School (Page has denied this meeting.) According to the Steele Dossier, Sechin proposed “future bilateral US-Russia [energy cooperation] and associated lifting of western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine” and offered Page brokerage of a 19 percent stake in Rosneft. In response, Page reportedly implied that Trump would be open to lifting sanctions the U.S. had placed on Russia. (Photo credit: Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images)