Miller Takes Up Medvedev's Post

Newly inaugurated President Dmitry Medvedev, who was sworn in Wednesday, is stepping down as chairman of Gazprom with the current chief executive Alexei Miller stepping in as acting chairman.

"Miller is Medvedev's board of directors deputy so it is logical he will act as interim chairman. Then, there will be an annual shareholders meeting [on June 27], which will decide who will be Gazprom's new chairman," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

Medvedev on Wednesday asked the State Duma to approve his predecessor and political mentor Vladimir Putin as the new prime minister.

Outgoing Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov is widely tipped to be elected chairman of Gazprom, the world's largest gas producer and the country's most important company, at the June meeting.