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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chubais May Take RSPP Task

Anatoly Chubais, recently unemployed after Unified Energy System wound up its operations Monday, will likely work on an RSPP project to draft a position on a new EU-Russia partnership agreement, his former spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Alexander Shokhin, president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP, said Chubais would help in drawing up the agreement as the head of an ad hoc, noncommercial partnership.

"A great task is being placed on Chubais' shoulders -- he is going to be developing a new Russia-EU partnership agreement, that will be his main activity," Shokhin said, RIA-Novosti reported. He said it had already been decided to form the partnership.

Former UES spokeswoman Marita Nagoga said she thought Chubais would take on the project, although she hinted that it would not necessarily be his main occupation. "Even if he does work there, it will only be community service. I personally think he will do it," Nagoga said.

Chubais, widely regarded as an economic liberal and opponent of excessive state involvement in the economy, is a member of the RSPP's board of directors.

The current EU-Russia agreement, signed in 1997, will remain in effect until a new one is signed, but it has been called outdated. Russian and EU leaders agreed at a summit in Khanty-Mansiisk last week to begin official talks on a new agreement in Brussels this Friday.