- Mishustin has been in charge of the Federal Tax Service since 2010, and is known to be an effective employee.
- Russian government officers resigned in a surprising announcement on Wednesday, after President Putin proposed amending the constitution.
- The changes proposed by Putin on Wednesday would transfer more powers to parliament, including the authority to choose the Prime Minister.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed that the head of the Federal Tax Service, Mikhail Mishustin, should take over as Prime Minister on Wednesday. The Kremlin made the announcement after the sudden resignation of the Russian government’s top officials. In a statement issued by the President’s office, Putin submitted the nomination of Mishustin to the Duma, the Russian parliament, which must ratify the appointment.
The nomination of the anonymous Russian public official comes shortly after the sudden announcement of the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was appointed to his post nearly eight years ago, following a speech by Putin calling for an amendment of the constitution. Mishustin has been in charge of the Federal Tax Service since 2010, and is known to be an effective employee.
State television network Russia-24 stressed that he has established “the best tax collection system in the world.” Mishostin did not make any statement at the moment, but the Kremlin published pictures of him in private with Putin. The Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, quoted officials of the lower house of the Russian parliament as saying that the council will take its decision Thursday, on whether Mikostin will be the Prime Minister.
It is noteworthy that the Russian government officers resigned in a surprising announcement on Wednesday, after President Putin proposed amending the constitution in his annual State of the Nation speech. Putin also called for a public referendum on the set of constitutional reforms. The resignation raises questions about the shape of Russia’s political system, and Putin’s future, because the end of his fourth presidential term is 2024.
Hours after the president’s speech, Putin and Medvedev appeared side by side on public television announcing the government’s resignation. Medvedev said that the constitutional proposals will bring about great changes in the balance of power in the country, and therefore “the government in its current form has resigned.” The changes proposed by Putin on Wednesday would transfer more powers to parliament, including the authority to choose the Prime Minister and other prominent members of the government. Currently, the President does so.
The Russian President believes that the Russian political class is ready for such a change, which may be described in the future as a fundamental change in political life. However, some argue that Vladimir Putin, who is the strongest man in Russia, will not easily give up power. What is happening, they say, comes within the framework of tacts that Putin pursues, from time to time, in order to suggest that blood is flowing in the arteries of political life. That is, he is thinking about ways which will allow him to continue ruling Russia, albeit indirectly, after 2024.