"Of course, it is necessary to increase the role of the prime minister and its status", Kudrin said, commenting on Putin's proposed amendments to the constitution.
If Putin's initiatives are implemented, the status of the parliament will be bolstered as well, since the prime minister will become more responsible before the legislature, Kudrin added.
After that, the entire Russian government resigned to provide the president with the opportunity to implement the changes. Putin then nominated Mikhail Mishustin, the current head of the Federal Tax Service, as the new prime minister. The lower chamber will consider the appointment later on Thursday.