Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin dis­misses Sergei Ivanov

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RUS­SIAN Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has dis­missed his close ally and pow­er­ful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, ac­cord­ing to a Krem­lin state­ment.The move rep­re­sents the high­est-level de­mo­tion in­side the Krem­lin in sev­eral years.

“Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has de­creed to re­lieve Ivanov of his du­ties as head of the Rus­sian pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion,” yes­ter­day’s state­ment said.

It said Ivanov, 63, who is also a for­mer de­fence min­is­ter, would now serve as a spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for con­ser­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal and trans­porta­tion is­sues.

Ivanov, who served to­gether with Putin in the Soviet-era KGB spy agency, was ap­pointed Krem­lin chief of staff in late 2011, only months be­fore Putin's 2012 re-elec­tion.

Ivanov will be re­placed by An­ton Vaino, a 44-year-old for­mer diplo­mat who had served as Ivanov’s deputy since 2012, ac­cord­ing to a de­cree signed by Putin yes­ter­day. “I re­mem­ber well our agree­ment about the fact you had asked not to be in this area of work as the head of the pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion for more than four years,” Putin said in a meet­ing with Ivanov and Vaino broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion. — AFP

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