21 Dec 2018 16:29

Pristanskov relieved from duties as head Federal Property Agency, replaced by Yakovenko

MOSCOW. Dec 21 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order relieving Dmitry Pristanskov of his duties as deputy economic development minister and head of Federal Property Agency (Rosimushchestvo) at the latter's request.

The order was posted on the government's official website.

According to a separate order, Vadim Yakovenko was appointed head of Rosimushchestvo. He will not combine this with the office of deputy economic development minister.

Two sources at government agencies told Interfax on December 20 that Pristanskov planned to return to MMC Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), where he would likely be appointed company vice president.

The sources said the main candidate for head of Rosimushchestvo was Vadim Yakovenko, former chief of the Russian Investigative Committee's Main Investigations Directorate for Moscow.

Yakovenko will probably not combine the office of property agency chief with that of deputy economic development minister, like Pristanskov, one source said. These offices will be separated, with Oksana Tarasenko likely to become deputy minister responsible for property relations, the source said. Tarasenko is currently an advisor to Maxim Oreshkin the economic development minister.