2 Nov 2018 18:25

Russian foreign minister to have 10 rather than 11 deputies starting 2019 - decree

MOSCOW. Nov 2 (Interfax) - The number of deputies to the Russian foreign minister will be reduced to ten from eleven in 2019, a presidential decree published on the official web database of legal information says.

The decree amends the statute of the Russian Foreign Ministry, saying that the ministry can have "ten deputies to the minister, including one first deputy, one deputy minister on opposing terrorism, one state secretary in the rank of deputy minister, and one director general of the Russian Foreign Ministry."

At the present time, the Russian foreign minister has eleven deputies.

The new edition of the Russian Foreign Ministry statute also says the ministry can have 41 departments dealing with the principal areas of its activities, and the strength of the Foreign Ministry's central office is limited to 3,358 people.

The decree will take effect on January 1, 2019.