Putin Fires Ally

Aug. 12, 2016 This comes amid significant reshuffling in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today removed his long-time chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, from his post. The demotion of one of Putin's closest allies – who had been at the president's side since their days in the Soviet-era KGB and became one of Russia's most powerful men – comes after a string of government reshuffles. Ivanov is the highest-ranking Putin ally impacted by the changes, and his departure also comes at a time when there are reports that another Putin ally, Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, may be falling into disfavor as well.

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