Russian State Duma Approves New Government Appointments

Russian State Duma supports all candidates for new government posts, including Denis Manturov as First Deputy Prime Minister. President Vladimir Putin's new government structure includes one First Deputy Prime Minister and nine Deputy Prime Ministers.

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Russian State Duma Approves New Government Appointments

Russian State Duma Approves New Government Appointments

On May 12, 2024, the Russian State Duma supported all candidates for posts in the new government, including Denis Manturov as First Deputy Prime Minister and 17 others, during a session in Moscow. The appointments come as part of a restructuring of the Russian government following the inauguration of President Vladimir Putin on May 7.

Why this matters: This reshuffling of the Russian government could have significant implications for the country's domestic and foreign policies, potentially affecting its relationships with other nations and global economic dynamics. The new appointments may also influence the country's response to ongoing challenges, such as economic sanctions and regional security concerns.

Under the new government structure approved by Putin, there will be one First Deputy Prime Minister and nine Deputy Prime Ministers. One Deputy Prime Minister will also serve as the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, while another will assume the role of Chief of Staff of the Government Executive Office.

Reappointed Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin submitted his deputy candidates for consideration to the State Duma. He also proposed candidates for federal ministers, excluding the heads of security agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whose nominations will be presented by the president for consultation with senators of the Russian Federation.

Among the key appointments, Alexander Novak will supervise the economic bloc, including the energy sector, economic support, and anti-sanctions measures. Novak's experience in various economic and financial roles in business and government service, including as deputy finance minister, positions him well for this responsibility.

Mikhail Degtyarev, a fencing champion and former head of a region, will take on a new role, drawing on his experience as a two-time deputy to the State Duma and head of the committee on sports and physical culture. Prime Minister Spokesman Boris Belyakov highlighted Degtyarev's skills, stating, "In addition to his experience as the head of the region, he was twice elected a deputy to the State Duma, where he headed the committee on sports and physical culture. It is not insignificant that he is a fencing champion, a laureate of all-Russian and international competitions. Mikhail Degtyarev has the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the industry and to continue the active development of this sphere."

The president will appoint the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Justice after consultations with the Federation Council on May 13. The Russian government resigned in accordance with the law following the presidential inauguration, but its members will continue to perform their duties until the formation of the new government is complete.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian State Duma approves new government structure and 18 candidates, including Denis Manturov as First Deputy Prime Minister.
  • New government may impact Russia's domestic and foreign policies, and global economic dynamics.
  • Alexander Novak to supervise economic bloc, including energy sector and anti-sanctions measures.
  • Mikhail Degtyarev, a fencing champion, appointed to new role, leveraging his experience in sports and politics.
  • President Putin to appoint heads of key ministries, including Defense and Foreign Affairs, after consultations with Federation Council.