MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted a brand new authorities on Tuesday which he described as a break with the previous, bringing in some contemporary faces however retaining many senior ministers.
The brand new authorities included a brand new financial system minister and a brand new first deputy prime minister, however the finance, international, protection, power and agriculture ministers all stored their jobs.
The brand new staff was shaped lower than every week after Putin unveiled a sweeping shake-up of the political system, which led to the resignation of his ally Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister together with the whole authorities.
Putin went on to select 53-year-old former tax chief Mikhail Mishustin, who has nearly no political profile, as his new prime minister.
Putin’s wider shake-up, which envisages altering the structure, is extensively seen as making ready the bottom for 2024, when Putin, now 67, is obliged to go away the presidency after occupying the Kremlin or the prime minister’s job constantly since 1999.
Critics have lengthy mentioned Putin, a former KGB officer, desires to remain on in some capability after his time period ends in order that he can wield energy over the world’s largest nation and one in every of its two greatest nuclear powers.
Tuesday’s new appointments may very well be supposed to reboot the federal government’s flagging picture and shift consideration to Putin’s drive to elevate falling actual incomes and drive forward with large nationwide infrastructure initiatives which he hopes will catapult his nation into a brand new financial league.
“An important activity is to extend the welfare of our residents and strengthen our statehood and the place of our nation on this planet. All these are completely attainable objectives,” Putin advised the brand new authorities.
“Now we have achieved a really balanced authorities. Now we have sufficient individuals who labored within the earlier authorities, in addition to a significant renewal.”
Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Power Minister Alexander Novak, Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev, Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu and Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov all stored their jobs.
“THE LOGIC HAS CHANGED”
Putin named Andrei Belousov, his financial system advisor since 2013, as first deputy prime minister, changing Anton Siluanov who had held the position since Might 2018.
Belousov, 60, in 2018 proposed making large metals and mining corporations pay a windfall tax, sending their share costs decrease, though that proposal was subsequently watered down.
Belousov additionally made headlines final yr when he confirmed his friendship with businessman Artem Avetisyan, whose authorized battle with non-public fairness fund Baring Vostok has rattled the enterprise group.
Putin accepted 40-year-old Maxim Reshetnikov, a former regional governor, as the brand new financial system minister, changing Maxim Oreshkin who spent simply over three years within the position. Reshetnikov has beforehand labored within the Moscow mayor’s workplace.
Putin additionally changed the minister of telecommunications. He named Maksut Shadaev, till now a vp of state telecoms operator Rostelecom, to the position.
Abbas Gallyamov, a former authorities speech author, mentioned Putin had eliminated three folks strongly disliked in sure components of society – the ministers for tradition and training, and a deputy prime minister who oversaw sport on the peak of a doping scandal.
“Beforehand the Kremlin mentioned it might appoint who it needed and didn’t care if folks didn’t like their alternative,” Gallyamov wrote on social media. “Now the logic has modified and the authorities don’t need to irritate society.”
However he mentioned retaining on some political heavyweights, signalled there was little change in course, including: “Putin is clearly exhibiting that substantive adjustments to the regime’s ideology should not deliberate.”