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Putin Shifts Former Ministers To Kremlin

Rashid Nurgaliyev
President Vladimir Putin has appointed seven former cabinet ministers to posts in the Russian presidential administration.

The appointments come one day after Putin announced the lineup of the new cabinet headed by his hand-picked prime minister, former President Dmitry Medvedev.

Those named as new presidential advisers include the former transport, economy, education, health, communications, and energy ministers.

The former interior minister, Rashid Nurgaliyev, was named deputy head of the presidential security council.

Nikolai Patrushev stays on as secretary of the security council, while Sergei Ivanov remains as chief of staff.

Analysts say the shifting of the veteran political players to the Kremlin is likely to strengthen Putin's hand as he embarks on his third presidential term following unprecedented mass protests against his rule.

Putin was sworn in on May 7.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Interfax