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    RUSSIAN PRESIDENT'S ADVISER DOES NOT PREDICT MAJOR CHANGES IN CABINET COMPOSITION AFTER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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    WASHINGTON, January 31 (RIA Novosti correspondent Arkady Orlov) - Andrei Illarionov, the Russian president's economic adviser, said major changes in the Russian cabinet's composition after the March 14 presidential elections are unlikely.

    Yet, changes in power are a natural and inevitable phenomenon, he said.

    "Nobody can stay in power forever," he said.

    "I do not rule out that certain changes will take place after the elections," said Mr Illarionov. However, these will not be major changes, "some people will go, some will stay." Mr Illarionov was certain that whoever would make the Cabinet, they would be responsible people who are concerned about Russia's national interests and the country's responsibility to the world, said the presidential adviser.

    Mr Illarionov is currently in Washington, making arrangements for the G8 meeting, which is due to take place in the U.S. in June 2004.

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