Gryzlov could replace Rogozin as Rosatom's Supervisory Council chief

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is likely to leave the post of chairman of the Rosatom nuclear energy state corporation's Supervisory Council, two sources familiar with the situation told Interfax.

The vacancy is expected to be filled by the chairman of the United Russia party's Supreme Council, Boris Gryzlov. The appointment may be announced early next week, the sources said.

 Rogozin voluntarily applied to be relieved of his duties, given that he had been put in charge of nuclear industry oversight functions in the government, which is at conflict with his tenure as chairman of Rosatom's supervisory council, a source in an economics agency told Interfax.

Rogozin will continue overseeing the nuclear industry as a deputy prime minister, he said.

Gryzlov was Russia's interior minister in 2001-03 and State Duma speaker in 2003-11.

The state nuclear energy corporation's Supervisory Council has nine members: eight presidential representatives and the state corporation's general director.

It confirms Rosatom's strategy, financial plan and basic indices for the upcoming year, and deals with other strategic issues.

If Gryzlov's appointment is confirmed he will become the first chairman of the supervisory council in a state corporation while not holding a government post. Meanwhile, this practice has become common with state companies.

The boards of directors of the Russian Railways and Aeroflot companies are led by ex-deputy chief of the government office Kirill Androsov, that of Rosneft by the Russian Academy of Sciences' Vice President Alexander Nekipelov and that of VTB by former Central Bank chairman Sergei Dubinin.

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