Kremlin Fires Putin's Longtime Ally Ivanov

August 12, 2016 10:46 AM

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday fired Sergei Ivanov, his chief of staff and one of his closest allies, in the most high-profile power reshuffle at the Kremlin in years.

The Kremlin's press office on Friday issued Putin's order to "relieve Sergei Ivanov of his duties." The stern statement was followed by footage of a meeting of Putin, Ivanov and the new chief of staff, Anton Vayno.

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