The package, of 18 licences, concerns West Siberian oilfield development, Dmitri Dolgov, LUKoil press secretary, said to newsmen on a previous occasion. It implies small fields in the Urai district. In fact, the licences were drawn close on a year ago, and lacked only the minister's signature.
On his last day in office, Mr. Artyukhov ordered signing a petroleum prospecting licence contract, which involved LUKoil affiliates and several other companies.
Yuri Trutnev has launched home inquiry into his predecessor's last instant moves.