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Press release, 19.05.2000


Sergei Ivanenko draws the attention to the differing positions of the new Tax Minister and the Prime Minister.

Deputy Head of the Yabloko faction, Sergei Ivanenko, called the decisions on the formation of the new Cabinet “anticipated decisions”.

In an interview with journalists on May 19, 2000 he said that President of the RF Vladimir Putin had previously stressed constantly that “there will be no serious abrupt changes in the Cabinet”.

Ivanenko said that the fifth Deputy Prime Minister may be a figure suitable for “such liberals” as Alexei Kudrin and German Gref. He also said that the appointment of Gennadi Bukarev as Minister for Taxes and Duties is “a cause for concern”.

He recalled the declarations made by the new minister on the inadmissibility of any reduction in taxes. Ivanenko said that he considered such declarations to be “strange, especially given the statements made by the Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov about the need to reduce taxes”.

Based on Interfax reports.