Russia’s Putin fires chief of staff Sergei Ivanov

August 12, 2016 10:46 AM

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Former KGB officer was once seen as a possible successor; the reshuffle downgrades him to being special envoy for transportation and environment.

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.

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