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Medvedev Aide Dvorkovich Would Follow Boss to New Government

October 08, 2011

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s top economic aide, Arkady Dvorkovich, said he probably will leave his Kremlin post after presidential elections next year and hopes to join a government led by his current boss.

“I hope that President Medvedev, if after elections he will move to the position of prime minister, he will, I hope, propose” a position in the government, Dvorkovich said in English in an interview with U.S. journalist Larry King posted on the website of Moscow-based radio station Ekho Moskvy.

The interview appeared the same day that Medvedev told United Russia party members that it was too early to speculate on how he would act as prime minister. Medvedev said last month that United Russia should back Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin after elections next year. Putin said Medvedev may replace him as head of the government.

The reshuffle has already sparked the departure of Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who agreed to step down after a dispute with Medvedev about military and social spending increases. Putin said last week at an investment conference that he had agreed with Medvedev that Kudrin, who was finance minister since 2000, would remain “part of our team.”

Dvorkovich, a former deputy economy minister and adviser to then-President Putin, said he wasn’t insulted that Medvedev didn’t tell him before announcing publicly that he wouldn’t seek a second term. Dvorkovich joined Medvedev in the Kremlin during the first month of the new administration, in May 2008. “I respect the president’s position 100 percent,” Dvorkovich said.

King, who had interviewed Putin on his Larry King Live show for CNN before leaving in December, was in Moscow for 36 hours, according to Ekho Moskvy. The interview also included billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who oversees Medvedev’s initiative to develop an innovation hub outside Moscow, and Ekho Moskvy editor Alexei Venediktov.

--Editors: David Risser, Mike Harrison

To contact the reporter on this story: Scott Rose in Moscow at rrose10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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