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Putin changes his defence minister, moves Patrushev

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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.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak attends a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Moscow, Russia December 7, 2023. Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Kremlin via 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)

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge

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