On January 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated the head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister.
“Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Head of the Federal Taxation Service Mikhail Mishustin and proposed him to take the post of Prime Minister. Having received his consent, the President submitted the candidacy of Mikhail Mishustin for consideration to the State Duma,” the Kremlin press service reports.
Mishustin has been high up in the civil service for over 20 years. In August 1998, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Taxes and Levies. In 2010, the official took the helm of the Federal Tax Service, declared war against ‘dirty data’ and began started tackling the problem of unjustified VAT refund.
In 2009, Mishustin earned 78.6 mln Russian rubles, and his wife had an income of 17 mln rubles. At that time, he was reported to be one of three richest Russian officials. In acccordance with his tax declaration for the year of 2018, the income of the head of the Federal Tax Service amounted to 18 mln rubles, while that of his wife reached 48 mln.
As reported earlier, the Russian government resigned in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.