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Civilian Economist Heads Defense Ministry
//New defense minister is to bring order without reform
The appointment of Federal Tax Service head Anatoly Serdyukov minister of defense was an unexpected decision, but its consequences are easy to predict. Since 2004, Serdyukov has successfully turned the tax service into a secretive and rather effective power agency completely management from within and free from administration influence. Serdyukov will be succeeded by his deputy or presidential aide Viktor Ivanov. At the Defense Ministry, no reform can be expected under Serdyukov's leadership, rather the same process that took place in the tax service is more likely.