MOSCOW — Nikolai V. Talyzin, the head of the powerful Soviet State Planning Commission who was criticized by Kremlin leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev last June, has been transferred to another government post, Tass news agency reported Saturday.
Analysts cautioned, however, that it is too soon to evaluate the significance of the move.
Tass said Talyzin, 59, had been appointed chairman of the ministerial-level Bureau for Social Development. He is a non-voting member of the ruling Politburo and retains his post as first deputy premier.
His successor as chairman of the Gosplan state planning body was named as Yuri D. Maslyukov, 50, a deputy premier who had been serving as head of the government's Military-Industrial Commission. Maslyukov was also promoted to the rank of first deputy premier.
Talyzin had been named planning chief in October, 1985, in what was seen as part of Gorbachev's shake-up of the bureaucracy in his drive to reinvigorate Soviet society and its economy.