He graduated from Lugansk Machine-Building Institute and KGB Higher School. Until 2000 he had worked for the KGB and successor organizations to it. Until 1995 he had been the Chief of the Novosibirsk Oblast FSB Directorate, and later, in 1995 – 2000, led the Counterintelligence Department of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), in 1997 – 2000 as a Deputy FSB Director. Pechyonkin has been promoted to Lieutenant General.
Since 2001 he has been Deputy Director for assets protection of Oleg Deripaska's SibAl (now renamed to Basic Element), a huge aluminium producing company, and a member of its Management Committee. 
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