SOCHI, May 15. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister will have ten Deputy Prime Ministers, or by one more than in the previous cabinet, according to a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Thus, the ten Deputy Prime Ministers will include First Deputy Prime Minister/ Finance Minister, Deputy Prime Minister/ Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Far-Eastern Federal District, and Deputy Prime Minister/ Chief of the Central Office of the Cabinet.
The president also decreed to supplement the list of Russian government positions endorsed by a relevant presidential decree of January 11, 1995 with another office, that of First Deputy Prime Minister/ Finance Minister.
The previous cabinet that resigned on May 7 after Putin had taken his new office as president had nine deputy prime minister, including one first deputy.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said earlier that acting Finance Minister Anton Siluanov may take the position of First Deputy Prime Minister/ Finance Minister. The office of Deputy Prime Minister/ Chief of the Central Office of the Cabinet may be taken by president’s aide and chief of the Kremlin’s audit directorate, Konstantin Chuichenko.
A source in the cabinet also said that Medvedev is likely to suggest acting Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Far-Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev continue in his present position.