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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minister Named

President Boris Yeltsin appointed Lyudmila Bezlepkina as social welfare minister Wednesday, filling a post left vacant four months ago with the resignation of Ella Pamfilova, Itar-Tass reported. Bezlepkina was first deputy minister under Pamfilova, who was the only woman in the Russian government. Pamfilova resigned along with reformer Yegor Gaidar in January to protest the government's shift toward conservative policies.