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Russia: Putin wants to fire Defense Minister Shoigu

Russia: Putin wants to fire Defense Minister Shoigu

According to information from parliament, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is set to resign from the government. President Vladimir Putin wants to replace Shoigu with Andrei Beloussov, the upper house announced on Sunday.

Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin has fired his defense minister Sergei Shoigu and appointed the previous deputy prime minister Andrei Byeloussov as his successor. The Russian state agency Tass reported this on Sunday from the Federation Council, where Putin’s proposals for the composition of the new Russian government were received.

According to agency reports, Shoigu replaces Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. Patrushev will be given a new task, the Kremlin said.

According to the information, Putin wants to hold on to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

The previous government constitutionally resigned when Putin began his fifth term as president on Tuesday. The 71-year-old was confirmed in March in an election that was internationally criticized as neither free nor fair. After Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s technocrat was reappointed on Friday, Putin’s first personnel plans for the future government were announced on Saturday.

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Source: Stern

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