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On January 21st, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the structure and composition of the new cabinet of ministers.
“We have a sufficient number of people who worked in the previous cabinet, but at the same time a very big update. I’m sure that using this cabinet, you will be able to reach the highest, most worthy indicators,” Putin explained.
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will have nine deputy Prime Ministers. The previous head of the government, Dmitry Medvedev, had 10 deputy Prime Ministers.
The deputies are as follows:
- Andrey Belousov – First Deputy Prime Minister – prior to this appointment he was the Economic Presidential Assistant between June 2013 and January 2020. Prior to that, in 2012, he was appointed minister of economic development to the cabinet led by prime minister Dimitri Medvedev. From 2008 to 2012, he was director of the finances and economic department in the Russian Prime Minister’s office.
- Dmitry Grigorenko – Deputy Prime Minister – Head of Government – he was a subordinate to prime minister Mikhail Mishustin at the Federal Tax Service. He has assumed the role of deputy head of the Federal Tax Service since 2013. Prior to that he headed the Taxation Department of the Federal Tax Service, the Taxation Office of Legal Entities of the Federal Tax Service.
- Yuri Trutnev – Deputy Prime Minister – Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District – he assumed the same post between 2013 and 2020 under Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. From 2004 to 2012, he served as Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment of Russia.
- Victoria Abramchenko – Deputy Prime Minister – prior to this she was the Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Between 2015 and 2016, she assumed the post of Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. Between 2012 and 2015 she was Head of the Department of Land Policy, Property Relations and State Property of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.
- Tatyana Golikova – Deputy Prime Minister – Between May 2018 and January 2020, she assumed the post of Deputy Prime Minister for Social Policy. Prior to that, she served as Chairwoman of the Account Chamber of Russia from 2013 to 2018, and from 2007 to 2012, she served as the Minister of Health and Social Development.
- Yuri Borisov – Deputy Prime Minister – Prior to this, from May 2018 until January 2020, he assumed the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for Defence and Space Industry and he retains his post. Between 2012 and 2018 he was Deputy Minister of Defense.
- Dmitry Chernyshenko – Deputy Prime Minister – he is a businessman and the President of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee for the 2014 Winter Olympics which were held in Sochi, Russia. Since November 27, 2014 he has been the President of Kontinental Hockey League, in addition he was appointed as Board Chairman of Gazprom-Media in December 2014.
- Alexey Overchuk – Deputy Prime Minister – Overchuk was Deputy Chief of the Federal Tax Service under Mishustin.
- Marat Khusnullin – Deputy Prime Minister for Construction and Regional Development – He previously served as Deputy Mayor of Moscow from 2010 to 2020.
The ministers under Prime Ministers Mikhail Mishustin will be the following:
- Sergey Shoigu – Minister of Defense – Shoigu has been Minister of Defense since 2012.
- Sergey Lavrov – Minister of Foreign Affairs – Lavrov has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia since 2004.
- Evgeny Zinichev – Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Management – He has assumed the same post since May 2018.
- Konstantin Chuychenko – Minister of Justice – prior to the assignment, he served as Deputy Prime Minister of Russia – Chief of Staff of the Government between May 2018 and January 2020. Prior to that he was Head of the Control Department in the Russian Presidential Administration from 2008 to 2018.
- Vladimir Kolokoltsev – Minister of the Interior – He has assumed the same post since May 2018.
- Olga Lyubimova – Minister of Culture – She assumed the post of Head of the Department of Cinematography of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation from January 2018 to January 2020.
- Alexander Novak – Minister of Energy – he has been Russian Minister of Energy since 2012.
- Yevgeny Dietrich – Minister of Transport – he has assumed the post since May 2018.
- Denis Manturov – Minister of Industry and Trade – he has assumed the post since 2011.
- Maksut Shadaev – Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media – vice president of Rostelecom on digital platforms since September 2018. Since February 2019, in parallel with his position at Rostelecom, he has been holding the post of General Director of RT Labs JSC.
- Dmitry Kobylkin – Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology – he assumed the post of as Governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug from May 2012 until May 2018. He has been at the post of Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology from May 2018.
- Mikhail Murashko – Minister of Health – prior to his assignment to the ministerial post he was Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare from July 2015.
- Dmitry Patrushev – Minister of Agriculture – he has assumed the post since May 2018. From 2016 to 2018, he was a member of the Gazprom Board of Directors.
- Vladimir Yakushev – Minister of Construction and Housing and Public Utilities – he has assumed the post since May 2018. Previously, he was Governor of Tyumen Oblast from 2005 to 2018.
- Sergey Kravtsov – Minister of Education – Doctor of Education as of 2007. Assistant professor. Acting State Advisor to the Russian Federation, Grade 3 as of 2013. Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Education and Science from August 2013 to January 2020.
- Valery Falkov – Minister of Science and Higher Education – lawyer, expert in the field of higher education, public figure. Rector of Tyumen State University since March 21, 2013. Member of the Tyumen Regional Duma.
- Alexander Kozlov – Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic – he has assumed the post since May 2018. Between 2015 and 2018 he was Governor of the Amur Region.
- Oleg Matytsin – Minister of Sports – President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) since November 2015. A member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport.
- Anton Kotyakov – Minister of Labor and Social Protection – between March 2014 and January 2017 he was Minister of Finance of the Moscow District. Between January 2017 and May 2017, he was Minister of Finance and Economy in the Moscow District. From May 2017 until January 2020 he was Deputy Finance Minister.
- Anton Siluanov – Minister of Finance – he has assumed the post since 2011. He was First Deputy Prime Minister between May 2018 and January 2020.
- Maxim Reshetnikov – Minister of Economic Development – Governor of the Perm District since September 2017 until January 2020.
Notably, Shoigu and Lavrov retained their posts, in addition to a few other ministers. It is unlikely that Russia’s foreign and military policy would be subject to any significant changes in the situation.
According to the presidential decree “On the structure of federal executive bodies”, the Ministry for the Affairs of the North Caucasus is abolished, its functions are transferred to the Ministry of Economic Development.
Also, now the government will supervise the activities of Rosreestr (Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography), Roszdravnadzor (Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare) and FMBA (Federal Biomedical Agency), and the Federal Property Management Agency will under the control of the to the Ministry of Finance instead of the Ministry of Economic Development.
At a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and members of the new government, Vladimir Putin noted that the cabinet’s most important task was to “increase the welfare of our citizens and strengthen our statehood and our state’s position in the world.”
The Russian president called these goals “absolutely achievable.” He stressed that the main achievement of the previous cabinet – “very good macroeconomic conditions” – must be applied “to achieve national goals, and for the effective use of” national projects.
Mikhail Mishustin outlined the main tasks that the new Cabinet should implement when they begin their work:
“Demography, support for families with children, income growth, care for those who need state assistance, quality health care, education – all that is called improving our people’s living standards.”
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