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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Center to Oversee Russian Media

President Boris Yeltsin has ordered the creation of a new body to supervise state-financed media, his latest effort to consolidate authority over the government.

Yeltsin appointed Mikhail Poltoranin, a close ally who resigned last month as information minister under pressure from the president's hardline opponents, to head the new Federal Information Center, according to news agencies. In a decree signed Saturday, Yeltsin gave Poltoranin a rank equivalent to first deputy prime minister, Reuters reported.

The center will be subordinate to the president and represented'Yeltsin's latest effort to consolidate power closer to himself rather than the cabinet, which is increasingly vulnerable to control by Russia's conservative parliament. Presidential press bureau chief Anatoly Krasikov said there was no question of the new body. The Federal Information Center of Russia, exercising any censorship role, according to Reuters.