Kremlin fires Vladimir Putin’s longtime ally Sergei Ivanov

August 12, 2016 10:46 AM

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Kremlin fires Vladimir Putin’s longtime ally Sergei Ivanov

Russian President Vladimir Putin today 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 today 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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