There was not a single rumour inside the company," said a Russian industry source close to the railways, noting that no successor had been named.
"Even yesterday, top management didn't know anything."Yekaterina Shulman from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration said Russia's deep economic recession, triggered by low oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine, was fuelling infighting among Kremlin clans.
as a representative in the supreme body of legislative power".
Although the Federation Council, the upper house where senators sit, has few formal powers, that could change after next year's parliamentary election, perhaps if Putin wanted to line Yakunin up for a more political role ahead of the 2018 presidential election."It was totally unexpected.
The followers of Sergius founded four hundred monasteries, thus greatly extending the geographical extent of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.
In 1439, at the Council of Florence, some Orthodox hierarchs from Byzantium as well as Metropolitan Isidore, who represented the Russian Church, signed a union with the Roman Church, whereby the Eastern Church would recognise the primacy of the Pope.
The Primate of the ROC is the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus'.
The move, revealed while Yakunin was on holiday, appeared to be a significant demotion for a man who has known Putin since they set up a cooperative of lakeside mansions for the elite in St Petersburg in the 1990s, and was named by the U. In a letter to staff seen by Reuters, Yakunin said he had been "offered the chance to continue working on protecting the rights of the country's citizens ...
Apart from Yakunin, Putin's inner circle consists of the banking and industrial magnates Gennady Timchenko and the Rotenberg and Kovalchuk brothers as well as Igor Sechin, head of the state oil giant Rosneft.
In 2009, Yakunin survived the public fallout from a derailment on the flagship high-speed rail line from Moscow to St Petersburg in which more than two dozen people were killed, a crash later blamed on terrorists.
Princess Olga of Kiev was the first ruler of Kievan Rus′ to convert to Christianity, either in 945 or 957.
Her grandson, Vladimir of Kiev, made Rus' officially a Christian state.
The Metropolitan's residence was originally located in Kiev itself, the capital of the medieval Rus' state.