RUSSIA - Sergei Kiriyenko & The Jewish Elite
to the capital to become 1st deputy minister of energy to replace Victor Ott. Nemtsov was the energy minister. In November 1997, as Nemtsov was too busy as deputy PM, Kiriyenko was made energy minister. After becoming PM in late March 1998 Kiriyenkomade Sergei Generalov, the 34-year-old deputy CEO of Bank Menatep and Yukos, energy minister and retained Nemtsov as 1st deputy PM. After Chernomyrdin was made PM on Aug. 23, Kiriyenko and Nemtsov said they would not serve in his government.
After becoming PM, Kiriyenko said in a TV interview: "I am an interesting mix. My mother is Russian, my father was a Jew, my surname is Ukrainian and I was born in Abkhasia". The Jewish Encyclopedia of Russia lists Anatoly Chubais, architect of the IMF's July 1998 bailout, as a Jew; and so is his arch-rival Boris Berezovsky. Members of the Jewish elite include Yevgeni Primakov, foreign minister for years. Primakov is the Ukrainian word for "stepson", but his real name was Finkelstein which he had to change when he became a KGB agent and a Pravda correspondent in the Arab World. Other prominent Jews or half-Jewish are Livshits (see profile), reformer and Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky, ultra-nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Boris Nemtsov, Menatep/Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and media/banking mogul Vladimir Gussinsky who leads Russia's Jewish Congress. The presence of more Jews in high places than at any time under the tsars or since the 1917 Bolchevik revolution is something Russians have been depicting as sinister.
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|Publication:||APS Review Downstream Trends|
|Date:||Aug 31, 1998|
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