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Rosatom Head Appointed As First Deputy Chief Of Kremlin Administration

Sergei Kiriyenko (file photo)

Sergei Kiriyenko (file photo)

The head of Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom has been appointed as first deputy chief of President Vladimir Putin's administration in charge of domestic politics.

The Kremlin announced on October 5 that Sergei Kiriyenko is replacing Vyacheslav Volodin, who was approved last month as the speaker of the newly elected lower house, the State Duma.

Volodin replaced Putin's long-time supporter and associate Sergei Naryshkin, who became the chief of the country's foreign intelligence agency (SVR).

The 54-year-old Kiriyenko had been at the helm of Rosatom since November 2005.

In 1998, at the age of 35, Kiriyenko became the youngest prime minister in Russia's recent history. He resigned five months later in the wake of the 1998 Russian financial crisis.

Putin on October 5 also named the first deputy minister of economic development, Aleksei Likhachev, to replace Kiriyenko as the head of Rosatom.

Based on reporting by Reuters, TASS, and Interfax