Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has been appointed to the board of directors of Russia’s oil company Zarubezhneft. This is indicated by the list of its members on a special site with information about Russian companies, AFP reported.
According to a list published by the Center for the Dissemination of Business Information (managed by the Russian news agency Interfax), Fillon, who was France’s prime minister between 2007 and 2012, has been a member of Zarubezhneft’s board of directors since June 28. “. This company specializes in the development and operation of hydrocarbon deposits, mostly abroad, BTA reported.
Asked for comment by AFP, Zarubezhneft has not yet commented on the information.
Francois Fillon was sentenced in June 2020 to five years in prison, two of which were effective, in a high-profile fictitious job affair that thwarted his presidential campaign in 2017. Before joining the Russian company, he headed Apteras Sarl. (Apteras Sarl) founded by him in 2017 a consulting company that already works with French companies based in Russia.
His candidacy for a member of the board of directors of Zarubezhneft was proposed in early June by the Russian government, AFP notes.