08/25/1998 09:25:11 Russia's new government: who's in and who's out
MOSCOW, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The following is a list of
leading Russian ministers likely to stay or leave the government
after the sacking of Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko on Sunday.
Acting Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin has yet to win
confirmation from parliament and to indicate whom he will retain
in the government but there are early indications from ministers
and government sources.
SERGEI KIRIYENKO, the ex-prime minister, is unlikely to have
a job in the new government.
BORIS NEMTSOV, deputy prime minister, says he does not want
to serve in the new Chernomyrdin government as he believes it
will not succeed in tackling the country's economic problems.
OLEG SYSUYEV, a deputy prime minister who served under
Chernomyrdin and Kiriyenko, is likely to leave, according to
Russian news reports.
VIKTOR KHRISTENKO, deputy prime minister who joined the
government after Kiriyenko came to power, is likely to leave,
according to NTV commercial television.
BORIS FYODOROV, tax chief appointed deputy prime minister
overseeing macroeconomics last week, is expected to keep his
job, which could make him the most prominent reformer in the new
YEVGENY PRIMAKOV, the former spymaster who serves as foreign
minister, is expected to stay on.
IGOR SERGEYEV, the defence minister, is likely to keep his
position after meeting Yeltsin in the Kremlin on Monday.
SERGEI STEPASHIN, the interior minister, is likely to keep
his position after meeting Yeltsin in the Kremlin on Monday.
MIKHAIL ZADORNOV, the finance minister, is under debate,
according to Kremlin sources, but ultimately is likely to
YAKOV URINSON, economy minister criticised by Yeltsin two
weeks ago, was reported to have filed a resignation letter two
days before Kiriyenko's government was sacked. Chernomyrdin
holds him in high esteem and it is unclear whether he would
agree to stay in the new team.
YURI MASLYUKOV, former head of Gosplan, the monstrous
Soviet-era ministry of centralised planning, was brought into
Kiriyenko's government earlier this month as a part of a
compromise with the influential Communist Party and is most
likely to remain in the new government.
ANATOLY CHUBAIS, prominent reformer and the outgoing
government's economic guru who is chief negotiator with
international financial institutions, is not a government member
and was not formally affected by the government's resignation.
He is likely to retain a strong influence in the cabinet but it
is unclear whether he will have a formal position in the