Russian deputy PM steps down

Moscow, May 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian deputy prime minister Vladislav Surkov has stepped down, the Kremlin said Wednesday, amid increasing tensions over the embattled Skolkovo innovation hub that has been targeted by law enforcement agencies.

“The president has accepted Surkov’s resignation,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Surkov, long known as a powerful Kremlin ideologue, submitted his resignation Tuesday after President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the Cabinet, at which Putin harshly criticised the ministers.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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