24 May 2022 16:29

Russian Agriculture Minister Patrushev could return to Gazprom board

MOSCOW. May 24 (Interfax) - Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev has been added to list of candidates for election to the Gazprom board of directors at the Russian gas giant's AGM, the issuer said in a statement.

Patrushev had already served on the Gazprom board from 2016 to 2021 both while head of RusAg Bank and after becoming minister.

A list of 11 candidates for 11 seats on the board had already been approved. They are Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov, Gazprom chief Alexei Miller, head of Gazprombank Andrei Akimov, Special Representative of the Russian President Viktor Zubkov, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, Deputy Gazprom chairman Vitaly Markelov, First Deputy General Director of Gazprom Export Mikhail Sereda, Gubkin Russian State University Rector Viktor Martynov, rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladimir Mau and Gerhard Schroeder, former Chancellor of Germany and chairman of the Nord Stream AG shareholders' committee,

"Today, many people are concerned about whether there will be a safe supply to Europe and Germany. If Schroeder is on Gazprom's board of directors, in terms of oversight, a man of integrity and one who acts primarily in the interests of his country - they will have someone who can influence the decisions made and get information," Putin said on February 15 regarding Schroeder's nomination.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged Schroeder to resign from all posts at Russian state companies. He has already said he was resigning from the Rosneft board.