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A Look at Russia’s Deputy PMs

September 16, 1998

Four deputy prime ministers who will work with new Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov:

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VLADIMIR RYZHKOV _ In charge of social issues. Key in pro-government Our Home Is Russia faction and deputy speaker of parliament’s lower house, the State Duma. Ryzhkov, 32, began his career teaching history at a university in his native Siberia. Elected to parliament in 1993.

VLADIMIR BULGAK _ In charge of industry and communications. Served as a deputy prime minister and science and technology minister in Viktor Chernomyrdin’s government until it was dismissed in March. Reappointed science and technology minister, but lost deputy premier status during the most recent government. Bulgak, 57, is an engineer by training and a long-serving bureaucrat.

ALEXANDER SHOKHIN _ In charge of finance. Leader of Our Home Is Russia. Deputy premier and economics minister at the start of Russia’s free-market reforms in 1992-95. Shokhin, 46, began his career at the Soviet central planning agency, Gosplan, later becoming an adviser to Foreign Ministry. Has promised policies will be based on ``fundamental market-economy principles.″

YURI MASLYUKOV _ In charge of economic policy. Senior Communist lawmaker who served as head of Gosplan in the late 1980s. Trade and industry minister in the previous government. Maslyukov, 60, has said new Cabinet’s top priority will be paying off wage and pension arrears.

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