19 May 2020
Mikhail Mishustin reinstated as Russia's Prime Minister

Mikhail Mishustin reinstated as Russia's Prime Minister

Press Service of the President of Russia

Vladimir Putin has reinstated Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's Prime Minister - a presidential decree confirming the appointment was made public on the Kremlin's website on Tuesday.

Mishustin had confirmed that he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in late April, after which he was admitted to a Moscow hospital. The PM continued to perform some of his duties while in self-isolation, and led several government meetings via videoconference.

Vladimir Putin signed a special decree appointing First Deputy PM Andrey Belousov as Russia's acting Prime Minister in his absence, prompting speculation about Mishustin's potential dismissal.

Meduza had previously reported that the PM may not return to his post, citing sources close to the Russian government. One of the publication's sources noted that Putin appointed Belousov by separate decree, although the PM's powers are automatically transferred to his deputies in case of illness. The decree appointing Belousov is now no longer in force.

Several other high-ranking Russian officials have been diagnosed with the disease, such as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev.

Mikhail Mishustin became Russia's Prime Minister in January 2020, replacing Dmitry Medvedev. On March 16, he was appointed head of Russia's Coronavirus Coordination Council.