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Kudrin’s Deputies

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I am not sure why Putin feels the need to add additional people to the Government structure, but he has done so again.  According to The Moscow Times:

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appointed Alexei Savatyugin to be a deputy finance minister, the government said in a statement Thursday.

Putin signed an order at the end of last year creating an additional deputy position for Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, giving him an eighth.

Savatyugin has headed the ministry’s department of financial policy since 2004 and has board seats at Rosgosstrakh, Sberbank, the Mortgage Lending Agency, Rosselkhozbank and the Deposit Insurance Agency.

Written by Nina Jobe

January 15, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Surkov & the Civiliki

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As you may or may not have noticed, I am a bit obsessed with Slava Surkov.  It has gotten to the point where even I wonder if I have imbued him with more qualities than he actually possesses.  So, I was surprised to discover myself a little sceptical of Stratfor’s breakdown of the clans within the Kremlin.  I do not disagree with the essence of what Friedman says, but with certain facts, and his interpretation of those facts. Read the rest of this entry »

George Friedman

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on the issues facing Medvedev, Putin, and the Tandemocracy.  According to Friedman, Putin is setting up Medvedev, and Kudrin to take the fall should the new policy of selling off state-owned corporations fail.  Interesting stuff.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Kudrin vs Luzhkov

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For awhile I thought that Kudrin was the weakest man in the Government.  I revised that point of view a few months ago for several reasons.  First of all, Igor Sechin has gone after him several times over the past few years, and Kudrin has stayed on.  At first I could not figure out why.  But I thought about it, and I realised that Kudrin has shown that he is basically loyal.  Plus, Kudrin gave Putin a place to stay when the latter first moved to Moscow.

It is a reciprocal relationship.  Putin values loyalty above all else.  He expects it.  At the same time, he is perfectly willing to reciprocate.  And he will, as long as the other person remains loyal.  But the minute there is a hint of disloyalty, you can kiss your job good-bye.  So, for the time being, it appears as though Kudrin is safe.

I have discussed Yuri Luzhkov several times over the past week or so.  Rumours abound as to his position (and the election last weekend did not appear to make him any safer).  However, I still maintain that he is safe, though considerably weaker than he was a year ago.

In light of all that, this story seems kind of weird.  I am not really sure what is happening here.  The article makes it sound like the two supposed weakest people are attacking each other.  I am more inclined to believe that Kudrin is acting as attack dog for the Government in an effort to further weaken Luzhkov.

Classic Quote from Yuri Luzhkov: “Kudrin will achieve in 2010 what not even the Germans managed to do in 1941 — to halt the works at the metro”.

Written by Nina Jobe

October 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

In Other News

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that may or may not be related to the clan wars, the Head of the National Banking Council was fired yesterday.  Of course, the article never used the word “fired” because people are not fired in Putinania.  They are “removed” or “transferred” (or they die, which may be the same as “removed”, but I am not sure).

According to the article in The Moscow Times, Anatoly Aksakov was “removed” because he “…drew widespread criticism for suggesting that the ruble should be devalued.”

Boris Gryzlov (whom I have nicknamed “Boris the Boring” because of his droning voice) apparently led this attack.  However, I doubt that is the full story.  Boris would never actually do anything without prior approval from someone higher.

The other thing I find interesting about this story is that there were three abstentions.  You will note, of course, that not one person on the 11 person committee voted against removal.  They may have thought that this attack was unprovoked, and silly, but not one of them actually stood up and said so.  Instead 3 people (we are not even allowed to know who) abstained.  Abstaining is, of course, the wimpy way of saying “no”. If you are going to say “no”, you should really go all out.  On the other hand, the individuals representing the Government and Presidential Administration are all at risk of losing their jobs should they step out of line, so you can hardly blame them.  It would just be nice to see Alexei Kudrin (or anyone really) take a stand for once.

Written by Nina Jobe

September 9, 2009 at 12:25 AM