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Kremlin replaces deputy premier

November 2, 1985

MOSCOW (AP) _ The Gorbachev Kremlin discharged Deputy Premier Ziya Nuriev on Friday in its continuing policy of sweeping out old party stalwarts and bringing in new, younger men.

No replacement was named immediately for Nuriev, the third of 10 deputy chairmen of the Council of Ministers to be removed in less than six months. Nikolai Ryzhkov took over as council chairman and premier Sept. 27, when Nikolai A. Tikhonov was retired.

The official news agency Tass said Nuriev was ″relieved″ of his responsibilities, which included the chairmanship of a government commission on farm and industrial problems.

It said in a separate announcement that Vsevolod Murakhovsky had been appointed one of three first deputy premiers. He apparently is the replacement on the Council for Andrei A. Gromyko, the long-time foreign minister who became president of the Soviet Union in July. Changes in the 14-man Council of Ministers run parallel to numerous replacements of individual ministers and Communist Party officials since Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 54, took over the Soviet leadership in March.

Ryzhkov, the new premier, is considered one of Gorbachev’s chief lieutenants and rose to power with him during the 15-month tenure of the late Yuri V. Andropov.

The new first deputy premier, Murakhovsky, had served as the top Communist Party official in Gorbachev’s native Stavropol region since 1978.

Four of Gorbachev’s supporters have been elevated to the ruling Politburo; Grigory Romanov, his one-time rival for the leadership, has been removed from it, and at least 10 top ministers have been replaced.

Restructuring of the huge bureaucarcy, which includes 64 ministries and dozens of state committees, is expected to continue through the 27th Communist Party congress in February. It will seat a new 300-member Central Committee and adopt the party program for the next 25 years, which was published last week.

The Soviet press published proposed revisions in party rules Friday. There appeared to be no major changes.

Tass said the proposed rules ″will help raise the prestige, authority and importance of membership in the party and the role of the party member as a political fighter and organizer of the masses.″

Party rules stipulate who may join the Communist Party and how it governs its affairs.

They were approved by the Central Committee on Oct. 15, and will be adopted at the February congress.

The last set of rules was adopted at the 22nd party congress in 1961, when Nikita S. Khrushchev was party leader. They were amended at the 23rd party congress in 1966, two years after his ouster.

About 9.5 percent of Soviet adults belong to the party.

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