Former French Prime Minister Fillon Joins Board of Russian State Oil Company

Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has been appointed to the board of Russian state oil company Zarubezhneft, according to a list published by a website specializing in the disclosure of company information.

Zarubezhneft did not respond Friday to a request for comment on the list posted on the Interfax news agency’s website, which said Fillon had been on the board since June 28.

Fillon, who led the French government under President Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012, heads Apteras, a consulting firm he founded after an ignominious presidential bid in 2017.

His campaign capsized by a fake job scandal, for which a court sentenced him in June 2020 to five years in prison, three of which were suspended.

He has already worked with Russian companies through Apteras and was nominated by the Moscow government in June for his role on Zarubezhneft’s board of directors.

Fillon, 67, is just the latest in a string of former high-ranking European politicians to join Russian energy companies.

Austrian ex-Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who notoriously danced with President Vladimir Putin at her 2018 wedding, was appointed to the board of directors of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, in June.

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has been chairman of Rosneft’s board of directors since 2017, earning $600,000 a year.


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