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Mikhail M. Kasyanov,

Russian politician, named prime minister in May by President Vladimir V. Putin. Kasyanov, an astute negotiator, had been first deputy prime minister since Jan., when Putin became acting president. He shrewdly bargained with foreign creditors to forgive about $32 million of Russia's debt.

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