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Putin hands over Russia to new generation by withdrawing 'old guard'

Vladimir Putin renewed his term as president of Russia and made radical changes, demoting his peers and handing over the baton to the country's new generation. The 71-year-old former KGB agent began withdrawing the Cold War fighters, although they remained close allies. For example, he demoted 72-year-old Nikolai Patrushev, who shaped the Kremlin's national security strategy, to the position of supervisor of the shipbuilding industry. Instead, he gave former bodyguard Alexei Dyumin, 51, a post in the Kremlin and promoted Maxim Orashkin, 41, to deputy chief of staff. Also, Patrushev's 46-year-old son, Dmitry, was promoted to the position of deputy prime minister in charge of agriculture. According to Reuters, although Putin, who is in good health, begins a new six-year term and is expected to rule for years to come, his reshuffles are being closely scrutinized by Kremlin watchers to see if he is preparing potential candidates for […]
Source: News Beast

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