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MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Russia's former finance ministerAlexei Kudrin, who has a reputation among investors for fiscalprudence, denied a news agency report that he had been offeredthe post of head of a proposed financial super-regulator.
Russia's government is considering a merger of the FederalService for Financial Markets and the central bank toconcentrate the regulation of financial markets and banks in oneinstitution.
On Monday Russian state news agency RIA reported that Kudrinhad been offered the job, citing the former minister himself.
"The information that appeared in the media yesterday...iswrong. I did not get such an offer," Kudrin said on his twitteraccount @Aleksei_Kudrin.
There had been other Russian media reports in recent weeksthat the government may tap Kudrin for the new position.
Kudrin, post-Soviet Russia's longest-serving financeminister, resigned in 2011 after Vladimir Putin announced hewould seek a third term as president and swap roles with DmitryMedvedev, who became prime minister.
He remains influential, supporting opposition protestsdemanding free and fair elections, and there is frequentspeculation about his return to the government or appointment tothe central bank.
Kudrin, 51, has told Reuters that he would not serve underMedvedev and criticised the government for failing to passreforms that would encourage investment in modernising anddiversifying the economy .
Kudrin is credited with ensuring Russia stored away some ofits oil wealth during boom years, creating fiscal reserves thatproved useful to cushion the impact of the 2008-2009 crisis.
(Reporting by Maya Dyakina; Editing by Jason Bush and AnthonyBarker)
Keywords: KUDRIN FINANCIAL MARKETS