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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Koptev Out as Fradkov Names Chiefs

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov continued to fill in more pieces of the government puzzle Friday by naming the heads of more than a dozen new agencies and services.

Although most of the appointees are essentially changing job titles within a new-look government that is designed to streamline chains of command, one name is notable by its absence -- Yury Koptev, the nation's top space official since the early 1990s.

Fradkov passed over Koptev and tapped Space Forces commander Anatoly Perminov to run the new Federal Space Agency, which inherits most of the responsibilities previously held by the Russian Aviation and Space Agency and will answer to the Industry and Energy Ministry.

No reason was given for the reshuffle.

Another new face is Valery Nazarov, who is leaving the presidential administration to run the new Federal Agency for Managing State Property under the Economic Development and Trade Ministry.

This agency takes over most of the functions of the defunct Federal Property Fund, whose former head, Vladimir Malin, was indicted late last month for his role in settling the controversial privatization of fertilizer monopoly Apatit, a deal at the heart of the ongoing legal assault on Group Menatep.

Most of the changes announced Friday, however, appear to be mere formalities.

Former Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, for example, was tapped to run the new Federal Nuclear Power Agency.

Former hockey star and Sports Minister Vyacheslav Fetisov will remain the country's top sports authority as the chief of the new Federal Agency for Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, and former Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergei Dankvert will head up the new Federal Service for Veterinarian and Vegetation Sanitary Supervision.

New job titles are also in the works for three former deputy ministers: Sergei Mazurenko of science, technology and industry; Viktor Bolotov of education; and Grigory Balykhin, also of education.

Mazurenko will head the new Federal Science Agency, Bolotov will run the new Federal Service for Supervision of Education and Science, and Balykhin will be in charge of the new Federal Education Agency.

Two new bodies under the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, the Federal Statistics Service and the Federal Reserves Agency, will be run by Vladimir Sokolin and Alexander Grigoryev, respectively.

Fradkov also put Gennady Onishchenko in charge of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare, and Andrei Malyshev in charge of the new Federal Nuclear Supervision Service.