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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medvedev Warns Against Forming Nomenklatura

President Dmitry Medvedev warned against creating a new Soviet nomenklatura at a meeting Wednesday with top managers who are being fast-tracked to senior government positions.

Medvedev met 30 of the people in a Kremlin-backed "Golden" list of 100 potential recruits for top official posts, including New Economic School rector Sergei Guriyev, Russian Railways senior vice president Fyodor Andreyev, and Transaero general director Olga Pleshakova.

The recruitment drive "should not turn into the personnel department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union," Medvedev said.

A list candidate "should be successful all the time," rather than being a "gray person," he said.

The list is needed because "the appearance of new people in appropriate positions in our country is going very slowly," Medvedev said in a speech published on the Kremlin web site. "The substitutes' bench is very short, and we keep shuffling the same cards."

He stressed the independence of the list, which was drawn up by 170 unidentified experts.

He asked the members to say if they had had positive experiences since being selected — or been victimized by competitors and bosses.

"If that has happened, that would be grounds to make decisions to replace your bosses with you," he said, adding, "That's a joke, of course, but as you realize, not entirely."

Konstanin Kosachyov, the chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee who is on the list, suggested making the meeting a regular event. But Medvedev said this would turn it into a "ritual game."