Outspoken Putin aide set to quit

An outspoken aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his resignation in protest against changes in government policy. Economic adviser Andrei Illarionov said Russia was no longer politically free but run by state corporations acting in their own interests. "I did not sign a contract with such a state," Mr Illarionov told reporters. He has been the most vocal critic in the corridors of Russian power for some time, our correspondent says. His remarks are seen by some experts as potentially embarrassing for Mr Putin, as Russia prepares to take over presidency of the G8 club of industrialised nations later this week.