Russian parliament approves Kudrin's exit from Audit Chamber, paving way for Yandex move

FILE PHOTO: Head of Russia's Audit Chamber Alexei Kudrin speaks during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia August 19, 2020. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

(Reuters) - The upper chamber of Russia's parliament approved the resignation of Alexei Kudrin as head of the Audit Chamber on Wednesday, paving the way for him to take up a potential role at Russian technology giant Yandex.

Kudrin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin throughout his career, becomes the highest profile government official to leave a post since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February.

(This story has been corrected to say Wednesday, not Tuesday, in the lede)

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Andrew Heavens/Guy Faulconbridge)

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