Kudrin to lose all government posts

Alexei Kudrin, former Russian deputy prime minister and finance minister, will lose all the seats on bodies and organizations he held in his capacity as a Russian government official, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Tuesday.

“Alexei Kudrin will leave the Council on Financial Markets and the National Banking Council, as well as other structures, including international structures, where he represented Russian interests,” Dvorkovich said.

“These positions are to be filled by government officials currently in service.”

Kudrin, who had headed Russia’s Finance Ministry since 2000, was dismissed on September 26 after a public standoff with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Kudrin was also dismissed from the government commission on budget projects, regional development and high technologies and innovations, as well as working groups on modernization and development of the military-industrial complex.


On September 25, Kudrin said that he would not serve in a new government under Medvedev, who is expected to be appointed prime minister after presidential elections in 2012. The Russian president told Kudrin he should resign if he did not agree with presidential policy.


Kudrin said that before taking a decision, he would consult Putin. Later, it was announced that the president had issued a decree dismissing him as deputy prime minister and finance minister.


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