Russian Politics, & Personalities

Shmatko vs Sobyanin?

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This story showed up in my Google Reader a few days ago because I have all the Deputy Prime Ministers in my Reader.  It struck me as a little odd, plus it needs to be added to the biographies.  Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko is now the co-chairman of the Russian-Bulgarian economic and scientific-technological cooperation commission.  The switch from Sobyanin makes sense on the technical side.  Shmatko has more experience abroad, and he is a member of Gazprom.

I do not usually buy into decisions made on qualifications.  On the other hand, I have not really been able to categorise these two.  Sobyanin could go either way, while Shmatko appears to be more closely tied to Medvedev.  So it could totally be another attack in the Clan War, but I am not quite ready to label it as one.


Written by Nina Jobe

December 1, 2009 at 9:30 PM

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