07MOSCOW3407, RUSSIA: VLADIMIR TRAVIN NAMED TO HEAD

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07MOSCOW3407 2007-07-12 10:05 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO0436
OO RUEHHM RUEHPB
DE RUEHMO #3407 1931005
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 121005Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2010
INFO RUEHZN/EST COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 0491
RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003407 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR ISN AND EUR/RUS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/11/2012 
TAGS: ENRG KNNP TRGY RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA:  VLADIMIR TRAVIN NAMED TO HEAD 
ATOMENERGOPROM 
 
REF: A. MOSCOW 2187 
     B. MOSCOW 301 
     C. 2006 MOSCOW 12948 
     D. MOSCOW 2879 
 
Classified By: EST Counselor Daniel O'Grady.  Reasons 1.4(b,d) 
 
 1. (U) On July 9 PM Mikhail Fradkov signed a government 
directive approving the charter of the Open Joint Stock 
Company Atomniy Energopromishlennii Kompleks (AEK) and 
confirming the membership of its 5-person board of directors. 
 Rosatom director Sergey Kiriyenko will be chairman of the 
board, which also will include Igor Borovkov, Deputy Director 
of the Russian Government Administrative Office, and Rosatom 
deputy directors Vladimir Travin, Tatyana El'fimova, and Ivan 
Kamenskikh.  Travin was named overall Director and CEO of 
AEK, which is more popularly known as Atomenergoprom. 
 
2. (U) On April 27 President Putin signed a decree "On 
Restructuring the Nuclear and Energy Industry Complex of the 
Russian Federation" (ref A).  That decree split the Russian 
nuclear industry into three parts:  civilian, for-profit; 
military; and waste management.  The decree followed from 
nuclear sector legislation enacted by the Duma earlier this 
year (refs B and C) and set in motion a massive 
reorganization of Russia's nuclear industry.  The decree laid 
out the blueprint for creation of Atomenergoprom, and the 
directive signed by Fradkov was the next expected, logical 
step. 
 
3. (U) Travin is closely identified with Rosatom director 
Kiriyenko.  He came to Rosatom as an adviser in December 
2005, just a month after Kiriyenko was named to direct the 
agency.  In January of this year he was promoted to deputy 
director with responsibility for Rosatom's financial 
strategy.  Like Kiriyenko, Travin began his career in Nizhniy 
Novgorod, where he rose to high positions with two banks 
(Sarovbiznesbank and Garantiya) and two oil companies 
(Norsi-oil and Transneft).  His original background was in 
experimental nuclear physics, and during the Soviet period he 
worked as an engineer and later a scientist in the closed 
nuclear city of Sarov. 
 
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COMMENT 
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4. (SBU) Observers have been quick to point out that TVEL and 
Techsnabexport are not represented in the Atomenergoprom 
board of directors, a noteworthy fact given that the TVEL 
board of directors is chaired by Sergey Sobyanin, Chief of 
the Presidential Administration Staff.  Some see this as a 
sign that Kiriyenko has become so strong in his position at 
Rosatom that he is able to move his own people forward in the 
face of seemingly strong competition.  Others predict, 
however, that Sobyanin will be named chairman of the 100 
percent state-owned "Rosatom Corporation" that will be 
created this fall to provide overall management and oversight 
of the nuclear industry (ref D). 
 
5. (C) As the reorganization of Russia's nuclear sector moves 
forward, we are finding that our contacts at Rosatom are 
increasingly preoccupied with internal restructuring issues 
and their personal fates.  U.S.-Russia bilateral issues are 
on the backburner.  Our contacts are becoming increasingly 
difficult to reach, and answers to even simple questions are 
correspondingly harder to obtain. 
BURNS

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