President Dmitry Medvedev, left, gestures as Presidential First Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov, center, Cabinet Chief of Staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, second right, and Finance Minister Alexey ... more 
President Dmitry Medvedev, left, gestures as Presidential First Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov, center, Cabinet Chief of Staff, Vyacheslav Volodin, second right, and Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin, right, look at him during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological of Russia's Economy in Dimitrovgrad, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The Kremlin says Russia's influential finance minister has resigned following a televised confrontation with President Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev had angrily demanded that Alexei Kudrin immediately explain his criticism of Medvedev's policies or step down. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service, pool) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service, pool
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 2:43 PM EDT