Putin Appoints Former Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev as Presidential Aide

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.14 - 2024 2:18 PM CET

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Nikolai Patrushev - Photo: Wiki Commons
Nikolai Patrushev - Photo: Wiki Commons
Putin appoints Nikolai Patrushev as a presidential aide in a major post-inaugural reshuffle.

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On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Nikolai Patrushev, the former Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and former Secretary of the Russian Security Council, as a presidential aide.

This move is part of a broader personnel shake-up following Putin's recent inauguration.

Alongside Patrushev, Putin appointed Tula Governor Alexey Dyumin to the same position.

Dyumin, a longtime ally of Putin and one of his former bodyguards, is expected to bring his close ties and loyalty to the president into his new role.

These appointments are part of a strategic reorganization of Putin's inner circle.

Both Patrushev and Dyumin will serve alongside other notable figures such as former Education Minister Andrey Fursenko and former Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, who have been reappointed to their positions.

In another significant move, Putin promoted his economic aide, Maxim Oreshkin, to the role of deputy chief of staff. Anton Vaino will continue in his current position as chief of staff, ensuring continuity in the administration's top leadership.

The appointment of Patrushev has been a topic of intense speculation since he was replaced as Security Council Secretary by former Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu in a surprising reshuffle on Sunday.

Patrushev's new role as a presidential aide suggests that he remains a key player in Putin's administration, despite the recent changes.

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