Gerashchenko into politics

The global political establishment can now boast a couple more ex-heavyweight central bank governors to their number: Viktor Gerashchenko from Russia and Bimal Jalan from India.

Gerashchenko, who resigned from Russia's central bank in March 2002 citing reasons of ill health (although some have speculated that he was subject to some gentle encouragement), memorably explained at the time, "I'm 64, and I don't want to die at my office desk." Perhaps he wanted to go down fighting in the more

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