Yesterday, on May 21, Russian President has signed the orders on Russia’s new cabinet, replacing three quarters of its members with new people.
Earlier Russian Premier Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, promised major cabinet renewal and “a powerful impulse from new people”, the names on the lists were not disclosed to media. Partially, this aim was achieved, though the main trait linked all the new Cabinet members together is a loyalty to the current Putin's regime.
As the fresh appointments were announced it turned out that some government veterans retained their posts, first of all Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the most popular Minister among Russian people, according to numerous opinion polls.
Finance Minister Anton Siluanov also remains at his post, as does Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic policy. Justice Minister Aleksandr Konovalov also stays put, as well as Vitaly Mutko on his post of the Sports Minister. The Defense Minister, Valery Serdykov also secured his post, which was contrary to expectations, as there have been many questions to the work of his Ministry lately.
All the other controversial and offensive Ministers lost their positions. For example, Rashid Nurgaliev was replaced with the head of the Moscow city police, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, as an Interior Minister.
Anton Siluanov, who had been appointed as the acting Finance Minister after Alexey Kudrin's scandalous resignation, has been officially appointed Minister.
Another surprising appointment is the former MP Vladimir Medinsky as a new Minister of Culture. Medinsky, a high-placed member of the United Russia party, is famous for his books about Russia with a strong patriotic bias.
The Emergency Ministry will be headed by Vladimir Puchkov, who has long been the deputy of Sergey Shoigu. The Natural Resources and Ecology minister is Sergey Donskoy. Maksim Sokolov has been appointed Transport Minister. Nikolay Nikiforov will replace Igor Shegolev as Minister of Mass Communications. Dmitry Livanov has been appointed Education Minister, instead of Andrey Fursenko. The Regional Development Ministry will be headed by Oleg Govorun.
The Cabinet has obtained a new ministry – the Ministry of Far East Development. It will be led by Viktor Ishaev, who is also the special president's envoy to the region. There are also big changes in the Ministry of Health and Social Development, which previously was repeatedly criticized for its decisions. Now it is split in two and two former deputies to the head of the agency promoted to ministers – Maksim Topilin became the Minister of Labor and Social Protection and Veronika Skvortsova became Minister of Health.
Another new Minister in the Cabinet is Mikhail Abyzov, who has been appointed as Minister for the relations with the "open government." The 29-years-old politician is the youngest Minister in the Cabinet.
The full list of the Cabinet members you can watch here (Gazeta.ru infographics)
Author: Julia Alieva