Vladimir Putin, Russia’s acting president and prime minister, has
named Alexei Gromov as his press secretary. Putin was elevated to the
presidency after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation on new year’s eve.
A career diplomat, Gromov was most recently head of the Kremlin press
He worked in the foreign ministry in various posts from 1982 to 1996,
when he was transferred to the Kremlin. In the Kremlin hierarchy, the
president’s press secretary has greater status than the head of the