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New Minister of Electrotechnical Industry

July 20, 1986

MOSCOW (AP) _ The government appointed the former head of a Latvian electrical plant to lead the electrotechnical industry Sunday, saying the man promoted to the ministry only 16 months ago was retiring at age 62.

A brief announcement by the official news agency Tass made no mention of the switch being connected with any mishap in the electrotechnical industry that is responsible for producing generators, transformers, cable and other electrical goods.

However, media reports have criticized the industry as a branch that is performing at less than full potential. Economic figures for the first half of 1986 published on Sunday showed the industry met planned targets, but overproduced by only 1 percent.

Tass said the retiring minister is Gennady Voronovsky, who was promoted to minister in March 1985 after Anatoly Mayorets moved over to head the power industry.

Mayorets was named Saturday in a Politburo report on the Chernobyl nuclear accident as an official who deserved to lose his job, but it said he would not be sacked because of his relatively short tenure in his post.

Oleg Anfimov replaced Voronovsky, Tass said. It reported Anfimov was born in 1937.

Anfimov was made general director of the Riga electric machine-building plant in 1981, became a secretary in the Latvian capital’s Communist Party committee in 1983 and a secretary of the Baltic Republic’s party Central Committee last year, Tass said.

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