Kiriyenko In NPR's Andy Bowers reports from Moscow that Russia has a new Prime Minister. After failing two previous times, 35-year-old Sergei Kiriyenko was approved by the lower house of parliament in a secret ballot today. Russian President Boris Yeltsin used a combination of threats and bribery to bend the Duma to his will. He threatened to dissolve the lower house if it didn't approve Kiriyenko. At the same time, Yeltsin implied he would increase perks for the law makers if they supported Kiriyenko.