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Russian bank CEO hails appointment of ex-minister to Center for Strategic Development

April 13, 9:35 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to Sberbank’s head German Gref, Alexey Kudrin's appointment would bring more clarity and punctuality to Russia’s economic policy
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Alexey Kudrin (left) and German Gref

Alexey Kudrin (left) and German Gref

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MOSCOW, April 12 /TASS/. Russia’s Former Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin will bring more clarity and punctuality to Russia’s economic policy if he is appointed to the Center for Strategic Development or to any other public post, Sberbank’s head German Gref told a news conference on Tuesday.

"I know nothing about it [Kudrin’s appointment to the Center for Strategic Development] but if that happens I will only welcome this decision. I consider Alexey Kudrin one of the most qualified experts in the market. His appointment to any public post will be a great boon [to society] because it will bring more clarify and punctuality to the process of forming the country’s economic policy," Gref said after a meeting of the credit organization’s supervisory council.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kudrin said he had been offered a senior position at the Center for Strategic Development and that his new duties were being discussed.

Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that the Kremlin would only welcome the former finance minister’s participation in working out a new economic program.

According to Peskov, Kudrin has excellent expert knowledge. He used to be one of the most successful cabinet ministers and one of the best finance ministers in the world.

Kudrin, in turn, said he had no plans to leave the Committee for Civil Initiatives and give up his scientific and social work. Kudrin quitted his post of finance minister back in 2011 after 11 years in office and has been engaged in public activities since then. He is a presidium member of the presidential expert council for economy.

In his public speeches, Putin stressed that he had invited Kudrin to return to power many times but that he had turned his offers down. In one of such speeches, the president called Kudrin a ‘quitter’.

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