Cabinet dismissal was "almost planned," added Mr. Kasyanov- though he acknowledged that he had taken it as something of a thunderbolt. "Recent days accustomed me to rumours of impending dismissal- but I did not expect it a mere three weeks before a [presidential] election." "The thing may appear illogical- but then, there must be something behind it," he vaguely remarked.
Mikhail Kasyanov keeps a stiff upper lip. "What happened was no personal tragedy to me. I am not knocked out," he said.