Ziyavudin Magomedov became a billionaire with the help of state contracts during the ascent of former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, whose deputy was the businessman’s college friend. Now Medvedev is down, Vladimir Putin is up, and Magomedov’s fortunes are waning.
Sergei Guriev, an associate of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and rector of the New Economic School in Moscow, has fled Russia to avoid possible prosecution in a criminal case, said two people with knowledge of the matter.
Russia should set aside “false patriotism” and lure foreign specialists as it seeks to set up a high-technology center outside Moscow, said Vladislav Surkov, who’s advised the current and previous Russian presidents.
Garry Kasparov, the former chess world champion turned critic of President Vladimir Putin, has left Russia and said he won’t return for fear of being detained, days after a government adviser fled the country citing pressure from law enforcement.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to keep Vladislav Surkov in his current position of Deputy Prime Minister and name him to the post of Chief of Staff, Kommersant reported, citing two unidentified people close to the government.
Vladislav Surkov, who oversaw Russian domestic politics as first deputy head of the Kremlin administration, was moved to the Cabinet to take charge of modernization, an issue championed by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia’s third- richest man, is jeopardizing his investments by accusing the Kremlin of orchestrating a “hostile takeover” of his political party before national elections, analysts said.
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov plans to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for the Russian presidency in March elections after the biggest anti-government demonstrations in a decade emboldened Russia’s opposition.