New Russian Premier Relieved Of Duties As Interior Minister
MOSCOW (AP) _ Alexander Vlasov, who was promoted recently to non-voting membership on the ruling Politburo and elected premier of the Russian republic, was relieved today of his duties as interior minister, Tass said.
The official news agency said the decision was made by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the country’s highest executive body, but did not say who would replace Vlasov as the Soviet Union’s top uniformed police official.
Removal of the 56-year-old Vlasov as interior minister was expected after he was named premier of Russia last week on the recommendation of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
Vlasov replaced Vitalty Vorotnikov as premier of the largest of the 15 republics that make up the Soviet Union. Vorotnikov was moved to the largely ceremonial job of president of the Russian republic.
Vlasov was named interior minister in early 1986 after serving as Communist Party leader in Rostov, near Gorbachev’s southern home city of Stavropol.
He was named to his new positions as part of a series of recent changes in which Gorbachev retired several long-time Politburo members, streamlined the work of the policy-making Central Committee and moved key supporters into important jobs.