First Deputy Prime Minister Shuvalov to lose his seat in Russian government
The First Deputy Prime Minister will not be allotted in the new Cabinet of Ministers, according to the sources of the Dozhd channel. Shuvalov's acquaintance says that he leaves the government "on his own".
According to the source from the government apparatus, Igor Shuvalov wants to jump ship, either to engage in private business or to become the head of Vnesheconombank. He has asked President Vladimir Putin for resignation and now has finally gained his point.
At the moment, one of the possible positions for the former First Deputy Prime Minister is to become the head of the MSU project Science and Technology Valley, which concept was drawn up by the fund of Ekaterina Tikhonova, named by the media and the Ministry of Finance Putin's daughter.
Moreover, Shuvalov may get a position in the leadership of the Central Bank. Two sources also obtain information that the First Deputy Prime Minister could replace Anatoly Chubais as head of the Rusnano state corporation. One of them later says that this discussion goes nowhere.
Igor Shuvalov has served as the First Deputy Prime Minister for ten years. He is one of the wealthiest Russian officials and more than once appeared in the FBK's investigations. In 2012, Navalny found the estate of Shuvalov, located in the village of Zarechye and worth at least 8 billion rubles ($129.5m).
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