2 Aug 2010 13:00

Alexei Likhachev made Russia

MOSCOW. Aug 2 (Interfax) - Alexei Likhachev has been appointed Russia's Deputy Minister of Economic Development, the Russian government said in a statement released on Saturday.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed an order for Likhachev's appointment on July 29.

Likhachev jointed the ministry at the start of 2008 working as an advisor to the minister. During the summer of that year, he started heading the ministry's department for foreign trade activity. Prior to the ministry he served as a Deputy in State Duma and was the Deputy Chairman of the committee for economic policy, entrepreneurship and tourism.

In addition to Likhachev, Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina has seven deputies - Andrei Klepach, Stanislav Voskresensky, Alexandra Levitskaya, Anna Popova, Andrei Slepnev, Oleg Saveliev and Igor Manylov. Slepnev oversees the ministry's foreign economic policy, which includes customs and tariff regulation.