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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharonov is Said to Resign

VedomostiAndrei Sharonov
Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Andrei Sharonov, one of the longest-serving senior government officials, has offered his resignation to take up a job in the private sector, two reports said Saturday.

Troika Dialog is one possible employer that Sharonov is considering after 16 years as a government official, including 11 years in the economy ministry, Interfax and Kommersant reported.

No one at Troika Dialog answered calls Sunday.

Sharonov would become the second government official to leave public service in the past two months. The head of the Federal Service for Financial Markets, Oleg Vyugin, quit in May to become chairman of MDM Bank. The resignations come ahead of a likely government reshuffle around the time of the presidential election in March.

Sharonov lost some authority recently after Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref expanded the duties of two other deputy ministers, Stanislav Kuznetsov and Vitaly Savelyev, Kommersant said.

Sharonov's brief includes overseeing Gazprom and Unified Energy System, administrative reform, drawing up bills and state purchases. His resignation is being considered by Gref and Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Interfax said.