As overall energy revenue in Russia has decreased in recent years, oil giant Rosneft has aggressively attempted to expand its influence. Rosneft hopes to translate its power into major changes in the energy landscape, such as ending rival Gazprom's monopoly over piped natural gas exports. Rosneft's increasing influence has allowed its leader, Igor Sechin, to expand beyond energy politics into conflicts with his personal rivals, which may draw a response from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Should Putin decide to take down Sechin, the consequences would ripple beyond the energy sector and into the larger political environs of Russia.

Source:  Stratfor, 07/09/2017