Is This Russia's Next Prime Minister?

If Primakov goes, Stepashin might be next in the hot seat

Is Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov's power waning? Only a few weeks ago, the 69-year-old ex-spymaster was thrusting himself into the center of key events inside his country and abroad. Indeed, for a couple of days in April, Primakov seemed to be positioning himself to emerge as a victor in the Kosovo conflict by brokering peace between NATO and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. That could have given Primakov a tremendous boost in advance of next year's presidential elections in Russia.

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