Correspondent in Moscow
The ministers themselves would not have been informed. After meeting with Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced the surprise resignation of his government on Wednesday. In office for eight years, Medvedev has been replaced by the head of the Russian tax administration, Mikhail Michoustin, 53, a stranger to the general public.
These unexpected events – but obviously duly prepared for the summit of power – came on the heels of a speech by the Russian president, a few hours earlier, announcing constitutional reforms. In his annual address to Parliament delivered before an audience of 1,300 personalities (deputies, senators, ministers, high magistrates, etc.) gathered in the Hall of the Armory, near the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin proposed to transfer part of the presidential power to the Duma ( the Lower House), which would be responsible for appointing the Prime Minister and the government. The head of the executive could not