Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned President Vladimir Putin on Friday that "excessive conservatism" could restrict economic and political freedoms and said populist policies would weaken Russia.
Western investors have said his departure would be a deep blow to Russia`s economy.
Russia`s finance minister said his country suffered from weak leadership.
Russian President is seen as dominant partner in the ruling tandem with PM.
Day in Pics: 27th November
Showbiz World - November 27, 2014