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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Press Reports Nomination Of Kostikov Replacement

The long search for a new press secretary to President Boris Yeltsin appeared to be over at the weekend with the reported nomination of television announcer Sergei Medvedev.

Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported Saturday that the president's outgoing spokesman Vyacheslav Kostikov, who is to be Russia's new ambassador to the Vatican, had confirmed Medvedev as his successor.

The appointment had also been approved by Yeltsin's shadowy and powerful chief bodyguard Alexander Korzhakov, the newspaper said.

"He has already been introduced to the chief of the president's security service Mr Korzhakov," the newspaper reported. "Alexander Vasilyevich approved the appointment."

A spokeswoman at Ostankino television center only said Monday that Medvedev's appointment was "so far on the level of rumor" and that he was currently out of Moscow. The Kremlin press service said the news "cannot yet be confirmed."

Kostikov, an abrasive radical reformer, was sacked as Yeltsin's press secretary in November. However he agreed that he would stay on until a replacement was found to fill the post.

The search proved to be a difficult one as the new figure also had to be compatible with Sergei Nosovets, the young and ambitious head of the Kremlin's huge information directorate.

Medvedev, 36, a news anchor and editor at the state television network Ostankino, is an old classmate of Nosovets' from the journalism faculty of Moscow University.

A native of the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, he has worked in state television since 1981.