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Putin Sacks Regional Development Minister

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(updated 18:28 28.10.2014)
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President Vladimir Putin fired the Regional Development Minister Oleg Govorun on Wednesday and appointed Igor Slyunyaev in his place.

President Vladimir Putin fired the Regional Development Minister Oleg Govorun on Wednesday and appointed Igor Slyunyaev in his place.

Last week, Putin issued a decree demanding a reprimand for Govorun as well as for Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov and Labor Minister Maxim Topilin saying they were not implementing presidential decrees.

Forbes magazine, citing a source, said Govorun was disappointed by Putin’s accusations, which he called "groundless.” A Regional Development Ministry source said that after Putin’s criticism Govorun did not come to work for almost a week.

Putin criticized the preparation of the 2013-2015 budget in September for not taking into account the cost of pension reform. He also asked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to reprimand certain ministers.