Former Security Council chief Patrushev appointed as Putin's aide

Nikolai Patrushev
Nikolai Patrushev

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has appointed Nikolai Patrushev as his aide, the Russian news outlet RIA Novosti reported on May 14.

Putin also appointed Alexei Dyumin as his assistant, dismissing him from the post of governor of the Tula Oblast.

The Russian dictator has eight other assistants.

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Shoigu's dismissal and other changes in the Russian government

Vladimir Putin decided on May 12 not to reappoint Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who had led the ministry for almost 12 years. Instead, Andrei Belousov, the first deputy prime minister and former aide to Putin, will become the new defense minister. Belousov has no military experience.

The Federation Council will consider his candidacy for the post of defense minister on May 13-14.

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Shoigu was appointed secretary of the Russian Security Council, replacing Nikolai Patrushev. Shoigu had been the head of the Russian Defense Ministry since Nov. 6, 2012.

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War noted in its report that the replacement of the minister indicates that Putin is taking significant steps to mobilize the Russian economy and military-industrial complex to support the ongoing war in Ukraine and possibly prepare for a future confrontation with NATO.

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A current Russian federal official, anonymously commenting on Shoigu's resignation to the iStories outlet, said it was a "shock for everyone" and meant that the war was "for a long time."

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