Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of his prime minister. It sounds like the resignation was requested by Putin, but it's not clear as of yet.
It's speculated that Putin wants a new prime minister, one more in line with his world view, who will be poised to take the presidency once Putin is gone:
Putin, limited by the constitution to two consecutive terms, says he will step down next year. Whoever the popular Putin endorses to replace him is almost assured victory in the March 2008 presidential election.Update: Maybe he's not grooming a future president:
Russian President Vladimir Putin stuck to his habit of choosing virtually unknown technocrats as prime minister on Wednesday by nominating Viktor Zubkov.Rather a stooge:
With his choice of the 65-year-old, who is head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, Putin confounded expectations the job would go to a heavyweight candidate who would use it as a stepping stone to becoming president in 2008.
"He did not generate ideas. He was someone who carried out instructions." Zubkov was nominated to replace Mikhail Fradkov, who stepped down after more than three years as prime minister on Wednesday.