Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff

August 12, 2016 5:42 PM

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Putin dismisses powerful chief of staff

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday unexpectedly dismissed his close ally and powerful chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, in the highest-level change inside the Kremlin in several years.

Ivanov — who served with Putin in the Soviet-era KGB spy agency — was replaced by his deputy Anton Vaino.

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