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Feature Story May 29, 2003
 
The Man Behind The Man
By Alexander Makarkin Browse author
 
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Egizaryan soon became one of Maslyukov's advisors. The government which was formed after the August financial crisis planned to name Merzlikin to head the Russian Bank for Development and Egizaryan to head ARKO, the state-funded concern designed to stabilize the banking sector. But they were never named to these posts, and it seemed that their careers were doomed after the firing of Maslyukov and the rest of the Primakov cabinet.

Thanks to Kasyanov, the careers of his two friends soon revived. In December 1999, Egizaryan became a deputy in the Duma on Vladimir Zhirinovsky's LDPR ticket, whereupon he was named deputy head of the Duma's budget committee. Merzlikin was named first to the post of deputy head administrator, and finally, in May 2000, head administrator to Kasyanov. An old friend of Merzlikin's who worked with him at Unikombank, Dmitry Golovanov, today heads the Russian Bank for Development.

Another bureaucrat who worked under Maslyukov and later moved to work for Kasyanov is Alexei Moiseev, a colonel in the Russian Army reserves. In the beginning of 2001 Kasyanov named Moiseev to be the first deputy chairman (which in effect made him acting chairman) of Goskomrybolovstvo, or the State Fisheries Committee. It was thought that once Moiseev became acclimated to the new post, he'd be officially named chairman. However, the Kremlin chose disgraced former Primory Krai governor Evgeny Nazdratenko instead. Moiseev remained in his official capacity of deputy chairman.

Another Khristenko-era bureaucrat, Vadim Artyukhov, is now one of Kasyanov's employees. At first he worked as an adviser to the Prime Minister on questions related to the Central Bank, ARKO and the Russian Bank of Development. In 2002 he became the Deputy Minister of Property. His father, Vitaly Artyukhov, held several key posts during the 1990s when Kasyanov was a "mere" subordinate.

In the summer of 2001 the elder Artyukhov was named Minister of Natural Resources, replacing Boris Yatskevich, whom the press accused of being too tightly connected with certain oil companies. Let's not forget that Tatyana Trefilova, head of the Federal Bankruptcy Committee, worked with the younger Artyukhov at Kreditprombank, where Artyukhov was the chairman of the board and Trefilov was the general counsel.

As head of the government Kasyanov is aiming to control all questions relating to military-technological cooperation. His interest in this area goes back to when he was tightly connected to Vnesheconombank. In 2000, Alexander Rybas, who had been the deputy head of the military-technology department within the Ministry of Trade, became Kasyanov's aide. Rybas is connected to Alexander Kotelkin, the former general director of Russia's state-monopoly arms export trading company, Rosvooruzhenie. Today Kotelkin is first deputy Minister for Trade.

Kasyanov's ties to the weapons business keep popping up in the most unexpected places. In June 2001 Igor Yusufov, former chair of the State Committee for Military Reserves, was named Energy Minister. Before that Yusufov worked for Sergei Glazyev and was allegedly close to Alexander Rutskoi. In the fall of 1993 Yusufov left the government to head "Rosvooruzhenie Trading," the big arms export monopoly, remaining there until Kotelkin replaced him.

The only circumstantial evidence that points to a friendship between Kasyanov and Alexander Mamut lies in the Prime Minister's personnel choices. Igor Shuvalov, named by Kasyanov to the key post of head of the government apparatus, served as director in one of Mamut's concerns, the legal firm ALM (an abbreviation of the name "Alexander Leonidovich Mamut").

Another Kasyanov aide, Mikhail Pomazkov, worked until February 2001 as an outside observer on the board of MDM-Bank while Mamut was chairman. In the fall of 2001 Kasyanov allegedly planned to name Pomazkov to head Rosselkhozbank just when MDM-Bank was considering becoming a shareholder in Rosselkhozbank. In the end another Kasyanovite, Alexander Zhitkin, got the position.


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