08/26/1998 07:05:15 Acting Russia PM unhappy with central bank-agency
MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Acting Russian Prime Minister
Viktor Chernomyrdin is unhappy with the central bank's work in
the last two days and is to talk with the bank's chief, Sergei
Dubinin, Itar-Tass news agency quoted him on Wednesday as
"Financial and economic policy is a question to which I am
giving my attention minute-by-minute. I declare that I am
extremely dissatisfied with the work of the central bank over
the last two days," Tass quoted him as saying, adding that he
would discuss the matter with Dubinin later on Wednesday.
"I will talk seriously with Sergei Dubinin about the
inaction of the main financial institution in the serious
economic situation," Tass quoted Chernomyrdin as saying.
Chernomyrdin's criticism comes after the rouble on Tuesday
plunged 10 percent, its largest one day fall for four years. The
new premier described the currency slide as political rather
The news agency also quoted the acting premier as saying he
would on Wednesday take "important decisions" on financing in
the budget sphere. He was quoted as saying the decisions would
touch on teachers, people in the military, doctors and other
categories of workers paid from the budget.
Chernomyrdin was appointed acting prime minister on Sunday
after the shock sacking of former premier Sergei Kiriyenko, who
was just four months in office and himself replaced
Chernomyrdin. Under Russia's constitution, Dubinin cannot be
removed by presidential decree as only parliament has the power
to sack him.
((Patrick Lannin, Moscow Newsroom, +7095 941-8520