Putin Proposes Volodin to Duma, Appoints Naryshkin to Foreign Intelligence, Prepares for 2018 Presidential Elections

September 23, 2016
Deputy chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin (L) and President Vladimir Putin, who has proposed Volodin as speaker of parliament. File photo/RFE/RL

LIVE UPDATES: President Vladimir Putin has made two major personnel shuffles and urged the “optimization” of the number of parties in Russia, indicating further consolidation over an already-docile parliament and intelligence service and preparation for his installation as president in 2018.

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