MOSCOW, July 24 (Reuters) - The Russian assets of Finnish energy group Fortum, seized by Moscow earlier this year, will be renamed Forward Energo, the Russian entity said in a statement on Monday.

In April, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree placing the Russian assets of Fortum and Germany's Uniper, which both operate power plants in Russia, under temporary Russian control. (Reporting by Reuters; writing by Alexander Marrow; editing by Mark Heinrich)