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Few new faces as Putin unveils his first cabinet

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Few new faces as Putin unveils his first cabinet


He may be a little unaccustomed to it but Vladimir Putin’s been reporting to his boss, presenting the new Russian president with his cabinet line-up.

Prime Minister Putin unveiled a largely unchanged government team to Dmitri Medvedev. The allies swapped roles last week in a handover of power of that ensures Putin remains a hugely influential figure at the Kremlin.

It was Putin and not Medvedev who announced the names to reporters. Long-serving Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin retains his job, as does Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He was the public face of Moscow’s more assertive diplomacy under the former president.

Putin has also given roles to several powerful Kremlin figures. The new ministers will oversee a country with a booming economy and growing confidence in Russia’s influence on the world stage.

Medvedev and Putin have said they will rule Russia together in a “tandem” arrangement but many analysts believe Putin remains the real boss, at least for now.

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