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Kudrin Named Head of Moscow Exchange Board

Published: June 27, 2014 (Issue # 1817)



  • Alexei Kudrin at a Moscow Exchange forum in March.
    Photo: Maxim Stulov / Vedomosti

Influential Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin gave a taste of his plans for the Moscow Exchange on Thursday following his appointment as head of the supervisory board earlier that day, Vedomosti reported.

Kudrin, a prominent liberal voice and champion of the free market, was finance minister for 11 years before being fired in 2011 by then-President Dmitry Medvedev for criticizing state spending. He was nominated for his new role by Central Bank chief Elvira Nabiullina and replaces Sergei Shvetsov, who had held the post since 2011.

"The Russian market needs more public offerings," Kudrin said. "Our aim is to gradually improve financial legislation and expand the exchange's operations. Furthermore, it is important that our financial market participates more in investment. In Russia, the financial market has an incommensurably small role in investment."

Kudrin said that he plans to help create a new strategy for the exchange along with his fellow board members. "We will form a plan of action, but the main thing is to prepare and rubber stamp a three-year development plan for the exchange in the fall," he said, Vedomosti reported.

The board has 14 other members. Last year there were 19 members, but in November shareholders decided to cut five of the spots in a bid to improve efficiency.





 


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Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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