Skip to comments.'Ex-Stasi agent' heads Russia's Rusal board
Posted on 10/02/2012 1:05:19 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The world's largest aluminium producer Rusal on Monday appointed Russian President Vladimir Putin's old KGB friend and former member of East Germany's Stasi security service as its chairman.
Matthias Warnig's promotion marks only the latest step up the ladder of major Russian business for the former Dresdner Bank Group member.
The 57-year-old already serves as managing director of the Nord Stream AG operator of Russia's new Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline to Germany that was unveiled last year. ....
Warnig has long been reputed to have special personal ties to Putin despite his refusal to go into the subject in any great detail.
The strongman leader has seen several of his old school friends and acquaintances claim top posts in business and government since first rising to power in 1999.
Critics condemn this as cronyism but Putin himself -- viewed as the ultimate arbiter in Russian business disputes -- has dismissed all charges.
Warnig has been linked to Putin repeatedly by both Russian and Western media over the years.
One former Dresdner Bank executive told The Wall Street Journal in 2005 that Warnig had alluded to his Stasi connections but that German investigators eventually dropped the case.
The Wall Street Journal said at the time that Warnig and Putin -- a former Soviet intelligence agent who was based in Dresden -- jointly recruited East Germans to work for the KGB.
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