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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yeltsin Fires Tax Boss After Low Receipts

President Boris Yeltsin has removed Igor Lazarev from his post as head of the State Tax Inspectorate.

The reasons for the decree, signed by Yeltsin on Feb. 5, are unclear. But tax receipts this year fell far short of those that had been projected, a situation that has aggravated the country's spiralling budget deficit.

Lazarev, 55, a long-time employee of the Finance Ministry, was made a deputy prime minister in 1990. He became finance minister later that same year and Yeltsin appointed him head of the State Tax Inspectorate at the end of 1991.

Lazarev's successor at the tax office has not yet been announced. Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin signed a decree in February appointing Lazarev head of the Public State Fund for Social Security for Military Servicemen. The position is thought to be a demotion for Lazarev.