Russia names new deputy agriculture minister

by Teresa Acklin
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   MOSCOW — Russian President Boris Yeltsin, in announcing several changes to top cabinet positions in Russia, named Vladimir Shscherbak deputy prime minister with responsibility for the agricultural sector.

   Mr. Shscherbak, 60, also was appointed Russia's Minister of Food and Agriculture, a post previously held by Viktor Semyonov.

   Mr. Shscherbak is Russia's first deputy agriculture minister since 1992. He recently led negotiations on securing food aid from the United States and the European Union. Mikhail Fradkov, 48, was named trade minister. He previously was minister for foreign relations.

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