JRL NEWSWATCH: “No major changes for the presidential administration” – Bear Market Brief E-Mail Newsletter

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“… seven advisers and aides … lost their roles … leaving Putin’s team … largely intact. … [REMAINING:] Anton Vaino … [as] chief of staff, Sergei Kirienko and Alexei Gromov … [as] first deputies, Magomedsalam Magomedov and Vladimir Ostrovenko … [as] deputies … Dmitry Peskov … [as] press secretary. [CHANGES:] German Klimenko … internet czar, has been relieved of his post …. Nikolai Tsukanov, former governor of Kaliningrad … lost his post as aide … [to] becom[e] … plenipotentiary for Russia’s Northwest Federal District. Yevgeniy Shkolov, linked to the security services and personnel policy, has been replaced by Anatoly Seryshev from the Customs Service. Several other aides and advisers left …. [SURKOV AND USHAKOV:] These changes don’t reveal the structure of policy portfolios … Vladislav Surkov — responsible for the Donbas file — has retained his post as has Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s 71-year old aide on foreign affairs. … Real change is clearly not in the air. …”

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