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Putin changes his defence minister, moves Patrushev


MOSCOW, May 12 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed changing his defence minister and moving him to replace the powerful secretary of the Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, in a significant change to the Kremlin’s pecking order.

Following is the list of changes:

* Prime Minister – Mikhail Mishustin

* Secretary of the Security Council – Sergei Shoigu (formerly Nikolai Patrushev)

* The Kremlin said Nikolai Patrushev will have a different job but did not say which.

“Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev has been relieved of his post as Secretary of the Security Council in connection with the transfer to another job – he continues to work, and within the next few days we will inform you where Nikolai Platonovich will continue his activities,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

* Defence Minister – Andrei Belousov (formerly Sergei Shoigu)

“The Ministry of Defense should be absolutely open to innovation, to the introduction of all advanced ideas,” Peskov said. “Therefore, the president chose Belousov’s candidacy.”

* Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov – to remain in his job, the Kremlin said.

* FSB Director – Alexander Bortnikov

* SVR Director – Sergei Naryshkin

* Chief of Russia’s national guard – Viktor Zolotov

* Federal Guards Service (FCO) – Dmitry Kochnev

* Foreign Minister – Sergei Lavrov

* Interior Minister – Vladimir Kolokoltsev

* First Deputy PM – Denis Manturov

* Deputy PM overseeing energy and the economy – Alexander Novak

* Deputy PM overseeing agriculture and ecology – Dmitry Patrushev

* Deputy PM overseeing transport – Vitaly Savelyev

* Agriculture Minister – Oksana Lut (was Dmitry Patrushev)

* Finance Minister – Anton Siluanov

* Economy Minister – Maxim Reshetnikov

* Energy Minister – Sergei Tsivilev (was Nikolai Shulginov)

* Trade and Industry Minister – Anton Alikhanov (was Denis Manturov)

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Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge
Editing by Andrew Osborn and Tomasz Janowski

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