Putin names next prime minister

Report by BBC News
September 12, 2007

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the resignation of PM Mikhail Fradkov and nominated Victor Zubkov, head of the federal financial monitoring service, to replace him. Putin is barred by Russia’s constitution from running for a third term as president in elections in March, but whoever becomes the new prime minister gains a strong platform from which to campaign to replace Mr Putin, correspondents say… more