Gryzlov appointed head of Rosatom Supervisory Council instead of Rogozin

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree appointing Chairman of United Russia's Supreme Council Boris Gryzlov head of Rosatom Supervisory Council.

The decree posted on the Kremlin website says: "To appoint [Boris] Gryzlov a member of the Supervisory Council of Rosatom State Corporation for Nuclear Energy (chairman of the Supervisory Council) relieving Dmitry Rogozin of these duties."

The decree was signed on Nov. 10 and came into force as of the same date.

On Sunday two sources familiar with the situation told Interfax that Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is likely to leave the post of Rosatom's Supervisory Council chairman and that the vacancy is expected to be filled by Boris Gryzlov.

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.

Gryzlov became 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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