Watching Government: Russia's energy chief

Russia's oil sector views the appointment of a new energy minister and less autonomy at the Fuel and Energy Ministry as positive signs.After a behind-the-scenes battle, Pres. Vladimir Putin replaced Fuel and Energy Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny with the relatively inexperienced and unknown Aleksandr Gavrin.Rumors of Kalyuzhny's departure had been floating for some time, but his fate was sealed when reformers specifically demanded his dismissal as a condition for their support of Putin's choice for prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov.The Union of Right Forces (SPS), lead by ex-Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, was particularly insistent on Kalyuzhny's dismissal. Kiriyenko charged K...

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