Vladimir Putin's inner circle: Who's who, and how are they connected?

Updated 7:43 AM ET, Tue March 28, 2017

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Moscow (CNN)He's one of the most powerful men in the world. Born in St Petersburg in 1952, Vladimir Putin worked as a KGB spy in East Germany before going into politics -- working his way up from the mayor's office in St Petersburg to the top job of President.

Estimates of his personal wealth vary wildly -- officially he owns a small apartment, garage and a few cars, but at least one estimate puts his personal wealth at up to $200 billion.
According to Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, suggestions of vast wealth are a "perverted commenting of reality."
The Russian President does, however, have many wealthy friends who are alleged to have benefited from their links to him.
These are the people who make up his inner circle.

Igor Sechin

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to Rosneft President Igor Sechin in Moscow in 2013.
As the head of one of the world's largest oil companies, Rosneft, Igor Sechin is one of the most powerful men in Russia.
    Like Putin, Sechin has come a long way since the early 1990s when the two men worked together in the St Petersburg mayor's office. After he followed Putin to Moscow, Sechin continued to work closely with his old boss -- both as his presidential aide and then as deputy prime minister.
    In 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, and after his stint in Putin's administration, Sechin was put under sanctions by the US treasury which said he had "shown utter loyalty to Vladimir Putin - a key component to his current standing."

    Gennady Timchenko

    Billionaire Gennady Timchenko, taking part in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2014.
    With a fortune of about $15.5bn, Gennady Timchenko is ranked 85 on Forbes' billionaires list.