Putin Dismisses Chief of Staff in Surprise Move

August 12, 2016 10:46 AM

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Putin Dismisses Chief of Staff in Surprise Move

MOSCOW — In a move that caught Kremlin-watchers by surprise on Friday, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia dismissed his chief of staff, Sergei B. Ivanov, a trusted aide for over four decades.

Mr. Putin announced the decision during a meeting with Mr. Ivanov in the Kremlin. According to the meeting’s transcript, Mr. Ivanov left his post at his own initiative.

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