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    MOSCOW, March 1, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Larisa Sayenko) - Russian political analysts associate Mikhail Fradkov with 'siloviki' (law enforcers) and consider that his government will play a technical role.

    Today Vladimir Putin forwarded Fradkov's candidacy for premiership to the State Duma.

    "Unlike Kasyanov, this candidate will have no political ambition and opinions on key issues, not coinciding with Putin's position," Maxim Dianov, the head of the Regional Research Institute told RIA Novosti.

    Analysts associate Fradkov's many-sided biography with siloviki and say that his appointment means Putin's final break-off with Yeltsin's elites.

    "This is a break-off with old business elites," said Dmitry Oreshkin, the head of the Merkator analytical group.

    "Fradkov boasted a good business background in foreign markets during his work in the Trade Ministry. But today we see him as a law enforcer. His appointment means that the next four years will be a period of order and fiscal discipline," the analyst added.

    According to Boris Makarenko (the Political Technologies Center), Fradkov who saw several successions of governments has a rich managing experience.

    "This is a kamikaze who is to solve many unpopular problems. The apparatus reduction is one of them," he said.

    "Sergei Ivanov's influence is felt in this appointment. Fradkov worked in the Security Council under Ivanov," Makarenko added.

    The forwarding of Fradkov's candidacy was unexpected for most political analysts. His name was not mentioned in versions and forecasts of experts and media.

    "This candidacy not included in the list of 20 possible candidates was unexpected as everything that happens in Russia," Dianov said.

    According to all experts, Fradkov will play a 'technical' role, not being a public politician.

    "Wonders happen but this candidate is unlikely to be Putin's successor by the end of the second presidential term," Makarenko said.

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