Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 122
Russian prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin would take over running Russia if President Boris Yeltsin became incapable of carrying out his duties. The constitution gives three circumstances under which the premier would take over: the president’s resignation, his impeachment or his "prolonged inability to carry out his duties because of his state of health." But Yeltsin aides said on Thursday there were no plans for Chernomyrdin to move in as understudy. Kremlin spokesman Igor Ignatyev told reporters Yeltsin was still in charge and there was no question of replacing him.