Kudrin resigns as Russia finance minister: official

26th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who has been in his post since 2000, resigned on Monday following criticism of President Dmitry Medvedev, the Kremlin said.

"The president of the Russian Federation signed the decree on the finance minister's resignation," Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said in a statement on Russian news agencies.

Kudrin, who had also served as a deputy prime minister, himself confirmed to the RIA Novosti news agency that he had resigned.

He had caused consternation among the elite by refusing to serve in the Russian government from 2012 when Medvedev becomes prime minister and Vladimir Putin returns to the Kremlin in a dramatic job swap announced at the weekend.

Medvedev earlier personally told Kudrin that his comments were unacceptable and he had until the end of the day to decide whether to resign.

Kudrin had said he could not serve in a government under Medvedev whom he accused of seeking to ramp up spending -- in particular on the military -- to the detriment of Russia's budgetary position.

"I do not see myself in the new government. It's not just that nobody offered me anything. I think that the differences that I have will not allow me to be in this government," Kudrin said at the weekend.

© 2011 AFP

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