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Dmitry Medvedev has chosen the new head of his administration

Sergey Naryshkin on a post of the head of the presidential administration was replaced by Sergei Ivanov

22 Dec 2011, 17:38

Text: Andrew Carvers


Dmitry Medvedev has appointed the head of his administration Sergei Ivanov, relieving him from the duties of Deputy Prime Minister. Predecessor Ivanov, Sergei Naryshkin before he was elected speaker of the state Duma. Experts believe that Ivanov will participate in public policy and possibly save this post and after the inauguration of the new President.

On Thursday President Medvedev was appointed head of his administration Sergei Ivanov, freeing him from the post of Deputy Prime Minister. The corresponding decree the head of state issued shortly after the announcement of the message to the Federal Assembly. About it, ITAR-TASS reported the press Secretary of the President Natalia Timakova.

December 20, Medvedev dismissed the head of presidential administration Sergei Naryshkin, in connection with the election of deputies of the state Duma. His duties were temporarily performed by the first Deputy Vladislav Surkov.

The President of Fund of research of problems of democracy Maxim Grigoriev called the appointment of Ivanov’s “correct and good choice”. “For the last time, unfortunately, about Sergey Ivanov is somehow forgotten, but really as a professional who has worked in many positions, it’s people, most of the reviews which were positive. This is a man who is well known. The credibility rating was quite high,” – said political scientist newspaper VIEW.

The analyst did not rule out that Ivanov will remain in office under the new President, but said that it will decide the next President. As the expert stressed, Ivanov “on its experience and understanding of the structure of the state could work on this post, to be effective, useful and have sufficient confidence rating from the public, although such a position is not the primary.

In turn, the Director of the Institute of political studies political scientist Sergei Markov believes that Ivanov should consolidate the political forces around Putin, who will participate in the March presidential election.

“Sergei Ivanov, of course, a political figure, he is a member of the team of Vladimir Putin, part of his closest circle. He was appointed head of the security Council in one of the most difficult moments, when Putin was at war with the oligarchs, so now, in this difficult period, Sergei Ivanov must consolidate the political forces of Russia around Putin,” said Markov, “Interfax”.

The political scientist called Ivanov’s “closest analogue” Sergei Naryshkin. “This is a very similar figure. It will be completely under the control of Putin. Most likely, Putin said the current situation is serious and is trying to take control of the presidential administration,” – said the analyst.

I agree with this opinion the General Director of the national strategy Council Valery Khomyakov. He believes that Smith “will directly engage in the election campaign” Putin. In this case, we can say that the head of the presidential administration becomes a public policy, unlike Naryshkin, who was not such, and in contrast to Medvedev when he occupied this post. It’s very interesting,” – said hamsters RIA “Novosti”.

And the head of Fund “Strategy-2020” Mikhail Remizov, in contrast, believes that the appointment was “minimally related to the presidential campaign.” “This appointment reflects the design, which Putin would like to see as a working design of his presidency, more than design, relatively speaking, the commanders of the presidential campaign,” he said.

That Ivanov remains a public figure, says the fact of getting his name in the world trends of service Twitter. There are recorded words that were mentioned a minimum in 10-20 thousand messages per hour. Russian users is not available local trends Twitter (the most popular topic directly. However, Russian-speaking users have repeatedly made-that the words written in Cyrillic, got into global trends.

We would add that Putin, opening the Thursday session of Presidium of the government, thanked his Deputy Alexander Zhukov (left to the state Duma) and Sergei Ivanov for their successful work in the Cabinet. “I want to thank you for working with us and wish you success in his new position, Putin said. – I would like to present government awards – medal of Stolypin, Alexander Dmitriyevich Zhukov and Sergey Borisovich (Ivanov)”.

Sergei Ivanov was born in 1953 in Leningrad. Graduated from the translation Department of Philology of Leningrad state University (1975), the higher courses of the KGB in Minsk (1976), the red banner Institute of the KGB of the USSR (1981). In the years 1975-1977 – member of the 1st (HR) Department of KGB in Leningrad and Leningrad region, where he worked in one division with Vladimir Putin.

From 1981 to 1985 he worked as second Secretary at the Soviet Embassy in London, in the residency in Finland and Kenya. In 1991-1998 he continued to work in the foreign intelligence Service of Russia. Service in the intelligence finished the first Deputy Director of the European Department of the foreign intelligence service of Russia.

In August 1998 he was appointed Deputy Director of FSB – the head of Department of analysis, forecast and strategic planning. Since November, 1999 Secretary of the Russian security Council. He held this post until may 2008. In March 2001 was appointed Minister of defense in November 2005, he combined this post with the post of Chairman of the government. Since 2006 – Chairman of the military-industrial Commission under the government. In February 2007, the dismissed Vice Prime Minister, Minister of defence and appointed first Deputy Prime Minister. Since may 2008, was Deputy Prime Minister, including supervised MIC.

Fluent in English and Swedish. Married, father of two children.

Expert comments

Kirill Tanaev, Director General of the effective policy Foundation
The question arises, what are the tasks of Sergei Ivanov and where it will be in this case, the center of political reform, which is declared. Read more

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