Russia’s Vladimir Putin dismisses chief of staff Sergey Ivanov

MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Russian President Vladimir Putin reshuffled his administration Friday, replacing chief of staff Sergey Ivanov with Anton Vaino.

Ivanov, 63, was Russian defense minister and deputy prime minister before becoming Putin’s chief of staff in 2011. Vaino recently was the deputy chief of staff.

Putin told Ivanov at a meeting broadcast by the Rossiya 24 news channel, “I remember our agreement that you had asked not to use you as the head of the presidential administration for more than four years. I understand your decision to have another job.”

At four years and eight months, Ivanov was the longest-serving of the 11 Kremlin chief of staffs in the Russian Federation’s 25 years.

During the meeting Putin noted Ivanov recommended Vaino as his successor. The person to fill the deputy’s position was not announced.

Ivanov will be a special presidential envoy for the environment, ecology and transport, the Kremlin announced Friday.

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