Effective today Vera Chistova will head the Moscow city government’s finance department under new Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. She served for about a year and a half as Deputy Defense Minister for Finance-Economic Work. Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyukov picked Chistova to replace Ivanov-era appointee Lyubov Kudelina in April 2009.
Look for Serdyukov to elevate another of his tax service minions into Chistova’s job . . . or he could move one of his current deputy defense ministers into the post. Chistova and Kudelina both came from the Minfin’s Department of Budget Policy for Military and Law Enforcement Services, and State Defense Order.